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Epilepsy drug lamotrigine use in pregnancy: fewer doctor visits ahead?

For women with epilepsy, controlling health-threatening seizures is especially important during a pregnancy.

Taking the right dose of medicine can be key… and challenging.

As a baby grows, a pregnant woman’s body weight must also grow to support her baby. Consequently, a pregnant woman may require more medication to keep seizures at bay than she did pre-pregnancy. Pregnant women with epilepsy regularly visit the doctor to have blood drawn and adjust their antiepilepsy medicine dosage.

Now, new data analyses from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and Harvard Medical School find one fifth of pregnant women may someday be able to control seizures with fewer visits to the doctor.

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U of M expert: With codeine abuse on the rise, it’s important to remember regulation can work to curb misuse

Over the past few months, recreational use of codeine cough syrup has captured national headlines as abuse of the combination cough suppressant/antihistamine has climbed among adolescents. The coverage intensified when pop music star Justin Bieber was linked to the drug by the media last month.

Ingredients for a codeine/promethazine cocktail popularized by the rap industry as “sizzurp,” “lean” and “purple drank” were reportedly found during a police search of the star’s home in late January.

David Ferguson, Ph.D., a pharmacology and drugs of abuse expert from the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy is surprised to see the drug making headlines again.

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Time to see the specialist? Medication woes might call for pharmacist

For the millions of Americans with chronic conditions like asthma, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes, taking all the right medications at the right times can be a challenging, if not impossible, task.

With the insight that comes from seeing several thousand patients each year, Allyson Schlichte, Pharm.D., understands the medication challenges facing many Americans. But by some accounts, she’s an unusual “doctor” to meet in the hospital exam room.

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U of M College of Pharmacy dean Marilyn K. Speedie receives highest honor in pharmacy

Marilyn K. Speedie, B.S.Pharm., Ph.D., Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of the 2014 Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Speedie was selected in recognition of the professional achievements, innovations and advancements she has contributed to the pharmacy profession.

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Will new FDA rules stop drug shortages?

Last week, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new plan to combat the U.S. drug shortage problem.

Stephen Schondelmeyer, Pharm.D., Ph.D.,  professor of pharmaceutical economics at the University of Minnesota’s College of Pharmacy, says the FDA’s new rules are a step in the right direction, but won’t keep drug shortages from becoming a thing of the past.

“Economic and marketplace factors outside of FDA control mean some drugs will continue to see future shortages,” said Schondelmeyer.

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Q & A with U of M expert: Discuss prescription drugs this month

As most people are spending October thinking about Halloween, football games and chili recipes, the National Council on Patient Information and Education also wants people to take the time to talk with their medical providers about their prescription drug regimen.

October 2013 marks the 28th annual “Talk About Prescriptions” Month (TAP Month), and through this initiative, the Council has worked to inform people about the use and abuse of prescription drugs…

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