Drugs and Pharmacology, Ninth Edition

Drugs and Pharmacology Blog Carnival CategoryWelcome to the ninth edition of Drugs and Pharmacology. Today, we discuss a variety of topics from how California is fighting the battle against prescription drug abuse to the link between Parkinson’s drugs and gambling behavior.

Remember, we review the latest blogs related to drugs — medicinal, recreational, interactional, personal, professional, or any other aspects. If you were left out in this round, just leave a comment with your blog entry. You can check out the archives for every edition of this carnival.

For future editions, please remember to submit your blog entries using the online submission form. We will do our best to review and include your entry! Enjoy your readings…

Golden Gate Bridge at DuskER Murse writes California takes a big step forward in fighting prescription drug abuse:

In 2005 California expanded the CURES program to include all Schedule II-IV prescriptions dispensed. These medications have to be reported to the State Attorney Generals office who maintains a database of medications dispensed. This includes controlled substances directly dispensed from, Pharmacies, Doctors offices, clinics, and Emergency Departments that give out the to-go six pack of Vicodin when patients present after pharmacies are closed.

Brain Stimulant writes Parkinson’s Drugs and Gambling:

An interesting development, several pharmaceutical companies are being sued over the link between gambling and dopamine agonists. Dopamine agonists are commonly used as a treatment for parkinson’s disease but have also been approved for restless leg syndrome.

Reportergene writes Molecular imaging in drug discovery:

Currently up to 10 companies (including caliper, kodak, advanced research technologies, hamamatsu, visen medical, olympus, berthold, optosonics, maunakea technologies, and UVP) sell integrated systems for in vivo imaging of optical reporters (luciferase, fluorescent proteins).

World Dental writes Antibiotics To Prevent Infective Endocarditis During Dental Procedures:

The practice of giving antibiotics to prevent infective endocarditis in susceptible individuals undergoing invasive dental procedures has been called into question by the results of a new study showing that the risk of bacteremia over the long-term is higher with tooth brushing than with tooth extraction.

Herbal Pain Relief writes Herbs Can Solve Stomach Aches and Heartburn:

There is a big misconception about stomach aches. The stomach (thank goodness!) doesn’t ache directly but is usually associated with gas pains. Sometimes these gas pains can be very severe resulting in a lot of discomfort. I have some friends who work at hospitals and say how many people come in for one ailment and turns out to be only pain from gas.

Ricky Buchanan writes Why I Love My Pharmacists, By Ricky Age 33 1/3:

He copes with my 10 different repeat prescription meds (including the obscure and expensive must-be-ordered especially for Ricky ones) and the 4 more PRN script meds and the one-off script I have this week and I can’t remember how many doctor-indicated-but-not-requiring-actual-scripts drugs and is still able to tell me if it’s safe to take a painkiller too when my head hurts.

  • Jerry


    The fact is currently the medical establishment does not understand much about the brain. We, as a society, know very well how to cover up the problem with medications and insuring that the individual will not recover. To me the idea is bogus!

    I have recovered from a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and I know how to replicate the results with 100% effectiveness. No two brain injuries are the same but it is also true that no two fractures of a bone are the same either but we know how to heal a broken bone and I know how to recover (from first hand experience) from brain injuries. Ironically enough I’ve never broken a bone!

    My name is Jerry and I was recently reprimanded at my job. I worked for a non profit organization in founded to help people with brain injuries, when they got word that I was telling people that it was very possible to recover from brain injuries I was approached by two corporate managers about how it was impossible to recover from brain injuries and they politely asked me to not speak of these “Lies”.

    I complied until one of the corporate managers told me that it was the Brain Injury Association of this state that filed a formal complaint with the director of the company when they heard that I was saying I knew how to help people actually recover. At that point I became OUTRAGED! I understood that the hospitals might not endorse the “No Brainer Recover Method” but I was under the impression that the Brain Injury Association of any state would be in support of promoting the recovery of Neural Trauma.

    I have worked with some of the top minds in the field and we all agree that we should still get some more knowledge and backing in order to allow “No Brainer Productions” to get to the place in must be to reach the people that need the educations. It will take at least $15,000 to get this ship off the ground so I would like to know HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PART OF HISTORY? We are ready to invest the money on the 22 of July.

    Any suggestion, referrals, ideas, or DONATIONS will be GREATLY appreciated!

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN

Shaheen E Lakhan, MD, PhD, MEd, MS, FAAN, is a board-certified neurologist and pain specialist, medical educator, and scientist. He is the executive director of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation (GNIF). He is a published scholar in biomarkers, biotechnology, education technology, and neurology. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly publications and has been honored by the U.S. President and Congress.

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