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becoming comfortable with our humanity

I just finished reading a very interesting article about the correlation of performance on some specific human cognition laboratory tests with the tendency to confuse look-allike-sound-alike (LASA) drug names. What got me excited was that the research actually investigated specific cognitive...


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ASHP Re-certification Ambassador - New Practitioner: Literature Study 2015, Neurologic Disorders/Geriatrics/Medication Safety

Hi Everyone, and Happy Holidays from Chicago! It may not feel like winter in Chicago right now with 60-degree weather, but I have still been extremely busy getting ready for the holidays. With all of my shopping and decorating finished, I decided to take some time to work on a couple...


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GenRx: Death with Dignity

On graduation day, few new pharmacists think their beliefs and morals could severely interfere with their ability to perform their job. They also may not grasp the gravity of the oath as they recite, “I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns.” ...



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Dr. Frances Kelsey

Dr. Frances Kelsey - one of my heroes- died this month at the age of 101. Every year I discuss her work at the FDA with my students during an introduction to Evidence Based Medicine lecture. In class we all find it amazing that only a very few have heard of Dr. Kelsey, or of thalidomide. At any...


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Human Factors and Usability

I was privileged to attend the Informatics Institute at the ASHP Summer Meeting in Las Vegas. Let me first assert that, as an experienced informaticist, this programming was some of the most advanced, and most useful that I have experienced. Please join me in congratulating ASHP and the Section...