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  1. January 02, 2024

    Supplementing supplements

    A lot of expectant moms know that folic acid is important for their babies, so they take a supplement to make sure they get enough. Ditto for a multivitamin. But that might not do the trick.

    A new study out of Australia found that standard supplements given to expectant moms, even the ones that include folic acid, didn’t give the women as much as they needed, especially riboflavin and vitamins B6 and B12.

    An “enhanced” supplement did better — at least keeping the women’s vitamin B12 levels nicely elevated for at least six months after giving birth. (“This is probably important for the mother’s ability to supply her baby with vitamin B12 if she breastfeeds.”)

    They found, though, that pregnant women will likely need more than a standard multivitamin, including an extra jolt of riboflavin, B6 and B12, and vitamin D, too.

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  2. December 29, 2023

    Food, toys, and holiday cheer

    The Revelation Pharma family has been busy helping the holiday joy get to the people who most need it.

    The folks at Eastern States Compounding Pharmacy in New Hampshire, Pharmacy Specialists Compounding Pharmacy in Florida, and Lee Silsby Pharmacy in Ohio collected a ton of canned and dry food for their local food banks, while Innovation Compounding in Georgia and Rock Valley Compounding Pharmacy in Illinois gave Santa a boost through Toys for Tots.

    The double whammy of goodwill is their way of helping making sure that as many people in their communities have a fuller belly and a bigger smile.

    Did we say “double whammy”? It’s even more — a triple whammy. The good folks at Community Clinical Pharmacy in Mesa took some time to raise money for their local animal shelter, ’cause even our four-legged friends appreciate a little extra love.

    It’s a season

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  3. December 27, 2023

    Barbie plays fast and loose with safety

    It wouldn’t be 2023 without at least one Barbie story related (sort of) to pharmacy. You’re welcome.

    A study out of Indiana University — published in the BMJ — looked at the medical professions Barbie has held and found some serious shortcomings.

    For one thing, she’s never been a pharmacist, although she has been various types of physician (including an ophthalmologist three times), nurse, dentist, and paramedic. She’s almost always adult and female*, and she’s usually white.

    But perhaps most shockingly…

    [N]o doll fully met professional safety standards for their respective fields. For example, 98% of the Barbie brand doctor dolls came with stethoscopes, but only 4% had face masks and none had disposable gloves.

    It gets worse! More than two thirds of medical-pro Barbies…

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  4. December 27, 2023

    Pairing statins with hormones

    When women take hormones treatment after menopause, there’s a risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE)— dangerous blood clots that can occur with certain hormones.

    Good news: Statins, it seems, can help reduce that risk, based on data from 224,000 women crunched by University of Texas Medical Branch researchers.

    That not only means the obvious (women taking hormone therapy can reduce their risk), but that women who have avoided hormone treatment because of the clotting risk might be able to use hormones after all, as long as they also take a statin.

    Side note: These same researchers found that the risk of VTE was greater with oral estrogen than with other delivery mechanisms — good to know.

    If you’re taking hormones or thinking about it, this is a great time to talk to your compounding pharmacist. Not only are they experts

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