A Prescription for the Environment: Eco-Directed Sustainable Prescribing

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By Robert G. Bell

Robert BellA recent paper by Christian Daughton of the EPA discusses preventing pollution from active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Traditionally, reducing API entry to the environment has relied solely on conventional end-of-use pollution control measures such as wastewater treatment and take-back collections to prevent disposal by flushing to sewers. The focus on these traditional approaches has ignored the main source of the problem and may have slowed progress in minimizing the environmental footprint of the healthcare industry. Perhaps a more effective and less-costly upstream pollution prevention approach includes modifications of established clinical prescribing such as reducing the dose or usage of certain select medications. Continue reading

AAPS Pharmaceutical Science Roundup, July 2014

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image-final-croppedThis month’s roundup features an app to determine black market pharmaceuticals, a malaria vaccine, pet medications, advances in understanding mental illness, and much more!

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Needle-Free Injection: Star Trek Medicine Meets the Pharmacy

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By David Warmflash

David WarmflashWhen Star Trek first aired during the 1960s, most of the imaginary technologies seemed appropriate for a setting two to three centuries into the future—excluding those 20th century plastic spray bottles that you might use to mist the leaves of a house plant. But that part has changed quickly over the last 45 years, especially in the realm of medicine. Previously, I’ve discussed the fictional antiradiation drug hyronalin, making its way from science fiction to science fact, and I mentioned a real-life medical tricorder under development. Continue reading

Live Long and Prosper

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By Megan Cooley

Megan CooleyThis January, I attended the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (KINBRE) conference; the keynote speaker was Dr. Muneesh Tewari. His keynote mainly focused around the utilization of tumor-derived microRNAs as blood-based biomarkers for cancer, an idea that many fellow researchers thought was not realistic based on the stability of the biomarker. Continue reading

Inventing Hyronalin: Drugs Countering Radiation Effects

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By David Warmflash

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Star Trek medicine includes a fictional drug called hyronalin, administered to offset the effects of acute radiation exposure. First airing in the 1960s, the original Star Trek series imagined humanity with a positive social future, enhanced with scientific advances projected three centuries into the future. At the time, virtually all Star Trek technologies seemed to lie far ahead, but the next decades brought cell phones resembling Star Trek communicators, two-way video communication, and a plethora of other technologies. Today, there is a medical tricorder under development and physicists are attempting to measure mini–warp fields from certain technology with actual NASA funding. Continue reading

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