The Truth About Bunions

A bunion is a small, bony growth that forms at the base of the big toe. This type of growth occurs when the big toe pushes up against the next toe, forcing the joints of the big toe out of …

Treating Toenail Fungus with Lasers

Fungal infections of the toenails, or onychomycosis, are fairly common, affecting approximately 12% of Americans. This condition can lead to the nails becoming thick, brittle, oddly shaped, darkened in color, or dull. While most cases of toenail fungus are superficial …

What is REMS? And Why Do I Care?

As of July 2012, the Food and Drug Administration began requiring a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) from drug manufacturers to “ensure that the benefits of a drug or biological product outweigh its risks”. It applies to medication with …

What is Local Anesthesia?

For a minor surgical procedure, you may be given a local anesthetic, a type of anesthesia which numbs a small area of the body, specifically the one where the operation will occur. While it prevents the patient from feeling pain …

The Pharmacist’s Role in Controlled Substances

Prescription medication, especially pain-killing opioids, are closely regulated and controlled by the government and medical professionals, especially now that their abuse has become so prevalent. The pharmacist works alongside doctors, nurses, and regulatory agencies to monitor prescriptions, but as the …