Tag Archives: Drugs

Stubborn Creatures: Dormant Staphylococcus aureus

A healthy 70-year-old woman was admitted with a 3-day history of a pus-emitting wound on her left shin, in the absence of trauma. She was afebrile, and examination was normal excepting a warm, erythematous and tender area over her left distal tibia with a central swollen area discharging pus. Hemoglobin was 11.7 g/dL, white blood […]

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Disposing of Unused Medications: Have We Been Doing It All Wrong?

Most physicians probably give little thought to the estimated 10%-30% of medications that patients don’t end up consuming.1, 2 On the rare occasion when patients do ask their doctors where to dispose of unused medications, a physician could hardly be criticized for recommending disposal in the household garbage. Indeed, until recently, trash disposal was assumed by most […]

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Strong Man with a Weak Heart: The Ill Effects of Performance-Enhancing Drug Use

An undisclosed habit accounted for severe left ventricular dysfunction and hepatic lesions in a young bodybuilder. A 25-year-old bodybuilder with a history of liver cysts presented with a 5-day history of epigastric discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diaphoresis, and intermittent shortness of breath. The patient was not taking any prescription medications and denied use of tobacco, alcohol, […]

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Curious Crosses: Injection-Induced Lesions

Skin biopsy provided an elusive diagnosis and evidence that the patient had likely omitted important information during medical interviews. A 43-year-old man with a history of alcohol and opioid use was admitted to the inpatient ward from the infectious disease clinic. For 2 weeks, he had experienced recurrent, painful skin nodules that expressed bloody, purulent […]

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The Tragedy of the Commons – Drug Shortages and Our Patients’ Health

  There has been, rightfully, a great deal of controversy related to the EpiPen pricing issue1; a preparation sold for $83 by Merck (Rockville, Md) a decade ago is now priced at $600. The fury directed at the company now marketing this drug-delivery device – Mylan (Canonsburg, Pa) – came from patients, families, and legislators; […]

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