Magazine article Drug Topics

Letters

Magazine article Drug Topics

Letters

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Let's drink to this

Regarding your April Instant Poll about drugs in the water supply, the insurance companies have the right idea-do not allow more than a 30-day supply of any drug to be dispensed at a time, thus preventing many excess, unused drugs from going into the water supply when a patient expires. Also, we need to educate the public about correct disposal of medications and more involvement at the local level with waste management experts to try to arrive at some solutions, such as legislation. Drugs in our water supply are indeed a problem. That is why I have had a reverse osmosis system in every home I have built in the past 25 years (nine homes in all).

Ellen Nankervis, B.S., Pharm.D.

enankervis@embarqmail.com

Honey, I shrunk the kids

In the recent article titled "Treating kids with cough and cold: Filling the void," which appeared in your April 21 digital edition, the authors forgot to mention that you should not give honey to children less than one year of age.

Terry Richardson, Pharm.D.

Specialty Pharmacy Coordinator

Women's Health, Pediatrics, and Immunizations

Group Health Cooperative

Seattle, Wash.

richardson.t@ghc.org

Who needs chemistry?

It was quite interesting to read Dr. Lucinda Maine's letter (Drug Topics, April 14) and Mr. Dennis Millers Viewpoint (Drug Topics, Nov. 19, 2007) about the role of chemistry in the education of pharmacy students.

Without the understanding of basic sciences, learning of an applied science remains incomplete or ineffective. Thus, I agree with Dr. Maine that pharmacy students need to learn basic as well as medicinal chemistry besides pharmacotherapy, clinical sciences, etc. …

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