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Your Heart and Heart Failure: Dr. Peter Rice

  Heart Failure and The Cries of the Suffering Organs   We often struggle to understand disease symptoms. Something goes awry in the body and patients find themselves suffering.  I teach History of Pharmacy in our PharmD program, and often include historical figures who are not pharmacists.  One of my favorites is the Italian pathologist Giovanni Battista Morgagni, an enlightenment physician and scientist who observed closely and explained disease symptoms as “the cries of the [Read More...]

Metformin: What Is It Used For?

Metformin Hydrochloride   Metformin is a popular oral diabetes medicine marketed as a generic or under the brand names of Glucophage, Fortamet, Glumetza, Riomet and D-Care DM2. Metformin is also combined with other oral diabetes medicines. Metformin originates from the plant Galega officinalis that was used in medieval times to relieve individuals from frequent urination, a symptom associated with diabetes. Galegine was determined to be the active ingredient of this plant, and its first documented [Read More...]


Cheapest Pharmacies for Prescriptions

How Do I Find the Cheapest Pharmacies for Prescriptions? While we encourage our users to shop around for the lowest price on prescription medications at their local pharmacies when using our pharmacy discount card, we do analyze the savings of all prescriptions at all our network pharmacies. Our pharmacy network is made up of over 62,000 pharmacies including all the major retail chain and local stores. Some of our research shows that, in general, the [Read More...]

Heart Failure: Dr. Peter Rice

My favorite patient with heart failure   I have neglected my writing for some time as I attended to some family issues.  As the hurricanes appeared to be targeting Cocoa Beach, Florida over a month ago, my mom came as a refugee to visit for a short time.  As often happens in life, unexpected things developed such as heart failure. My mom will be 92 years old this month. When she was 13, she was [Read More...]


Flu Season: What You Need to Know!

What You Need to Know About This Year’s Flu Season! As the 2017-2018 flu season approaches, it’s important to understand how you can protect yourself and your family from the ravages of influenza during flu season. Which viruses will the 2017-2018 flu season vaccines protect against? There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C and these viruses are constantly evolving. Although type C causes flu, it is much less severe than types A and [Read More...]