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  • October 1, 2006

    The need for a law creating a behind-the-counter category of products in U.S. pharmacies is a central discussion point in the ongoing debate over the wisdom of making low-dose statins available...

  • August 1, 2006

    FDA has approved Plan B, the levonorgestrel emergency contraceptive marketed in the United States by Barr Laboratories’ subsidiary Duramed, for over-thecounter sales to women aged 18 years and...

  • June 1, 2006

    A recent survey reveals that OTC drug abuse results in a large proportion of drug-related emergency department (ED) visits. Methamphetamine use continues to decimate this country, despite...

  • April 1, 2006

    Better efficacy and faster onset of action were the advantages of the combination of acetaminophen 500 mg, aspirin 500 mg, and caffeine 130 mg (AAC; Excedrin Migraine—Novartis) in a comparison...

  • February 1, 2006

    Unintentional and intentional overdose with acetaminophen was the leading cause of acute liver failure (ALF) in a prospective study conducted at 22 U.S. tertiary care centers. Pharmacists should...