• December 18 2014 : The holidays bring plenty to look forward to, including time off work and school. These changes in daily routine may mean that medications may take a back seat. To make sure you stay on track and stay healthy, Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has some advice.
  • December 04 2014 : For the past two years, we’ve seen a dramatic spike in flu cases nationwide in late December and early January. That’s why I’m recommending everyone get a flu vaccine now.
  • December 01 2014 : Every day about 137 people in America are infected with HIV according to U.S. government estimates. In honor of World AIDS Day, Alexandria Garavaglia-Wilson, Pharm.D., assistant professor of pharmacy practice writes about treatment for newly diagnosed.
  • October 09 2014 : It will soon be much easier for Americans to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Starting today, new rules from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) go into effect allowing participating pharmacies, certain hospitals, and long-term care facilities to collect medication for proper disposal.
  • October 07 2014 : Philip Wenger, Pharm.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice recently published research which found that nearly one in every six inmates in the St. Louis County jail is infected with the hepatitis C virus.
  • October 06 2014 : Starting today, hydrocodone is now classified as a schedule II drug under new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules. For patients, this will change the way prescriptions are filled during the next visit to the pharmacy.
  • September 03 2014 : Statins won’t make you feel better in a few days like an antibiotic, but they do work. Statins are very effective at lowering cholesterol to help reduce the risk of heart disease. The threat of experiencing a side effect like muscle pain, fatigue or an upset stomach will prevent many patients from filling prescriptions. It won’t surprise you then to know that like most medicine, there is a big drop-off in the number of patients taking their statin as prescribed after three months.
  • July 30 2014 : As many as half of all U.S. patients on medication for chronic diseases aren’t following the doctor’s orders. Patients are missing doses, not refilling prescriptions, or not taking medication at all. Assistant Professor Jamie Shelly, Pharm.D., explains five ways she works with patients on managing side effects.
  • June 24 2014 : I often see patients standing in front of shelves and shelves of supplements taking in all the options. Here are some of the many questions about supplements I can answer for you.
  • June 09 2014 : How important are expiration dates on over-the-counter medication? Pharmacist Amy Tiemeier explains what can stay, and what needs to go.
  • May 19 2014 : Pharmacist Abby Yancey was recently looking for some child friendly sunscreen and was quickly confronted with a variety of potentially confusing choices for what should have been an easy and straight-forward decision. She had several questions including: “What is the best sunscreen for children?” and “What’s in my kid’s sunscreen?”
  • May 15 2014 : Ryan Moenster, Pharm.D., BCPS-ID, associate professor of pharmacy practice explains the outlook on medication used to fight antibiotic resistance.
  • May 07 2014 : Could a cholesterol lowering medication be the next to no longer require a prescription from a physician? News Pfizer is recruiting participants for a clinical study prompted two St. Louis College of Pharmacy students to take a closer look at Lipitor and the four things patients need to know about the medication.
  • March 27 2014 : For throwback Thursday, Bob Zebroski, Ph.D., professor of history at St. Louis College of Pharmacy takes a brief review of medication regulation in America.
  • March 25 2014 : The number of Americans using hospice and palliative care is growing; in 2012, about 1.5 million chose to enter hospice. One of the many questions patients and their families have about beginning this form of care is pain management. For some, they may perceive hospice as stopping all medications. That’s not the case, according to Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
  • March 17 2014 : An important component of the mission at St. Louis College of Pharmacy is to advocate for the profession of pharmacy. Recently Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice traveled to Jefferson City to take part in the Missouri Pharmacy Association’s Pharmacist of the Day program.
  • February 28 2014 : Professor and Asthma Educator Theresa Prosser, Pharm.D. explains seven common errors associated with asthma.
  • February 13 2014 : If you're caring for an older adult, Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, has some practical advice to help the patient lead a healthier life.
  • February 05 2014 : Question: My asthma seems much better with a daily controller medicine. I don’t wheeze or cough often. I rarely need my quick-relief inhaler. Do I still need to take a daily medicine?
  • January 30 2014 : Whether you've been taking a vitamin for years, or are considering one to take, Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice explains the process for selecting the right product.
  • January 29 2014 : There are four herbal products where evidence shows some help for patients who were depressed. Don’t forget to ask your doctor or pharmacist before trying any of these products.
  • January 22 2014 : In an effort to treat depression, many patients try an herbal product that is available over-the-counter. With the dizzying number of choices, Laura Challen, Pharm.D., BCPS, MBA, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, took a look at the research behind nine herbal products and found there is a wide range of effectiveness when it comes to treating depression.
  • January 15 2014 : The next installment of “Any Questions for the Pharmacist?” looks at how a pharmacist can review your medication to help you feel your best. Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice explains the ideas behind a medication review.
  • January 02 2014 : With the new year upon us, many are beginning to think about resolutions. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy suggests four easy resolutions for a healthier 2014.
  • December 09 2013 : This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Clark Kebodeaux, Pharm.D., BCACP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been vaccinating patients for more than five years as part of his pharmacy practice. In this video, he has three important points about the flu vaccine.
  • December 04 2013 : Recent news about statins prompted a letter to the editor in the Nov. 30 issue of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Shirley Giebel wrote to ask whether there was a connection between statin use and bladder incontinence. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS researched the answer.
  • November 25 2013 : Whether you’re driving 30 minutes or 300 miles to get to Thanksgiving or Christmas celebrations, car sickness can hit a child at any time. Nicole Gattas, Pharm.D., is also a parent and recommends trying several steps before turning to medications.
  • November 21 2013 : A pharmacist and video games help a woman kick a three pack-a-day habit.
  • November 18 2013 : “Any Questions for the Pharmacist?” is the first in a series of video blogs with answers to common questions pharmacists receive every day. Scott Vouri, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice answers the question of how to make the most of your relationship with your pharmacist.
  • November 13 2013 : There is a new call for more Americans to consider taking statins to reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack. Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., BCPS shares three important points about today’s news.
  • October 17 2013 : People often don’t like taking medicines. The purpose of a daily controller medicine is to prevent symptoms. Preventing symptoms takes small amounts of medicine. Taking your controller medicine helps you complete your daily activities with fewer symptoms. They can also help you miss less work or school and also prevent more serious asthma attacks. Controller medicines help you breathe your best. Once asthma symptoms start, much larger amounts of quick relief medicines are needed.
  • September 26 2013 : I commend This American Life and ProPublica for covering the serious issue concerning acetaminophen overdoses in the recent program “Use Only as Directed.” An issue that was briefly discussed in the program is the fact that acetaminophen can be found in hundreds of medications, including many varieties of day and nighttime cough syrups, cold medications, and vapor rubs.
  • September 20 2013 : Antibiotic-resistant bacteria infect more than two million people each year according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Those infections go on to kill 23,000 patients. The CDC recently announced a three-level threat system based on the number of sicknesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.
  • August 19 2013 : Asthma is a very common problem across our nation. About one out of every 11 children has asthma. It is even more common in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Regional Asthma Consortium estimates asthma is about three times higher here. In some schools, about one child in five has asthma. Most children do not “grow out” of asthma, which means asthma is common in adults as well.
  • January 01 2013 : P3-student Drew Steppleman hopes to one day be the owner of an independent pharmacy. Eager to learn both crucial patient-care skills and best practices for business management, he is taking advantage of the College’s joint program with University Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.