Archive for December, 2009

There have been a few “best of the decade” lists circulating, with both KevinMD and Medpage Today giving their perspective on the biggest medical events of the past ten years. Here’s my own list of what I think influenced or impacted the drive to make pharmacy a more science-based profession. This is a fairly Canadian-centric […]

How much confidence do you have in natural health products? Shortly after I started practicing as a pharmacist, I began giving two disclaimers whenever speaking with patients purchasing herbal products: Compared to drugs, there is little regulation of herbal products. Variation could exist between what it says on the label and what it actually contains. […]

Libel chill is an huge concern for advocates of science-based pharmacy and science-based medicine.  It is critically important that there be an open and public debate about the science and evidence informing personal decisions about our health, as well as decisions affecting how we direct resources in our health care system. Unfortunately, some groups seeks […]

If you don’t listen to the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, you should. It’s the biggest and best skeptical and pro-science podcast out there. Their occasional slagging of pharmacy and pharmacists was one of the reasons I started this blog – to demonstrate that not every pharmacist is a shruggie when it comes to alternative […]

This week heralded SBP’s first guest post, on cranberry. If you’re interested in contributing to the discussion about science-based pharmacy, please contact the Editor at sciencebasedpharmacy [at] gmail [dot] com. You do not need to be a pharmacist to contribute. If you want, you can write under a pseudonym. The topic should be somewhat related […]

Editor’s Note: Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections in women: one in three will have an infection in their lifetime. Many seek medical advice. And recurrent UTIs, while rarely serious, can be troublesome. Their ubiquity costs the health care system millions of dollars per year. Cranberries and cranberry juice have been […]

Here’s two other great references that I neglected to mention in my last post. Both would make great gifts as well… An Apple a Day – This book on nutrition is written by Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society. It covers the gamut of nutritional questions that come up. From […]

Look at the headlines: Boots: Homeopathic Remedies Please Customers Rather Than Cure Distrust me, I’m a Pharmacist (registration required): So why are so many nonsensical products available from Boots, our trusted family chemist? Has Boots become UK’s largest purveyor of placebos? Are pharmacists shopkeepers, only out to make a profit, or healthcare professionals keen to […]

I’m a voracious reader, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite books over the past year that have challenged, inspired, or enriched me. Whether you’re a health professional or not, I strongly recommend you put these on your reading list. They’ve helped me a lot in refining my philosophy about pharmacy practice, and […]


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