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Prescription drug safety for all ages: HCA Healthcare pharmacists educate adolescents

Too Much of a Good Thing While prescription medications are used to help us live longer and healthier lives, any medication has the potential to do harm. When used incorrectly, prescription or over-the-counter medications can cause significant damage. HCA Healthcare recognizes the importance of education as a preventative measure to medication misuse and abuse, particularly…
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What you can do to fight antibiotic resistance

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since the discovery of penicillin in 1928. However, the overuse of antibiotics can lead to resistance, which happens when bacteria develop the ability to survive antibiotic treatments. Each year in the United States at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and nearly…
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HCA Healthcare joins national effort to counter opioid epidemic

To help combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HCA Healthcare is proud to join the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic. Jonathan Perlin, MD, president of clinical services and chief medical officer at HCA, will serve as co-chair on the collaborative effort that includes more than 35 organizations representing…
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What is Narcan? And why did it save this singer’s life?

Singer Demi Lovato was hospitalized earlier this week as a result of an apparent drug overdose. The 25-year-old star was reportedly treated with Narcan to reverse the effects of an overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 63,600 overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, including…
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Pregnant during the holidays? This is for you.

As the holiday season picks up momentum pharmacist Molly Thompson is keeping track of two deadlines – Christmas and her due date.  The pharmacy department clinical manager at HCA Healthcare’s Trident Medical Center is pregnant with her first child due in January. “I can definitely tell my energy level isn’t near where it is normally.…
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Pharmacy Week: Q&A on antibiotic use in children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 23,000 deaths in the United States can be attributed to antibiotic resistance.  This statistic is even more alarming, knowing that up to half of all antibiotics used in humans are unnecessary or inappropriate. To prevent ourselves from plummeting back into an era without antibiotics, patients…
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