Pharmaceutical quality is of vital importance.
Imagine getting a prescription from your doctor for drug X. You go to the pharmacy to pick it up, grab a bottle of water and then take the recommended dose hoping for the best because you have no idea what the quality of this bottle of drug X is!
This would includes not knowing if what you’re taking is:
- what it says on the label;
- safe for human consumption;
- within a safe use-by date;
- of the correct strength;
- tested well;
- contaminated with microbes (anything else for that matter!)
Thankfully, the FDA regulates these things (sigh of relief).
This is known as “CGMP” (Current Good Manufacturing Practice) or just “GMP” (Good Manufacturing Practice). (more…)Continue Reading...
Previously, we looked at Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). To recap, a TBI is an injury to the brain as a result of an external force, such as blow to the head. It is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of disabling symptoms. TBI is most common in children under 15 years of age and adults over 65 (CDC). In 2010, TBI contributed to the deaths of over 50,000 people in the US. However, of the more than 280,000 hospitalizations and 2.2 million emergency department visits in that same year, most people lived on with increased odds of developing seizures, endocrine disorders, sleep problems, incontinence, nerve damage, cognitive issues, communication problems and degenerative brain disorders.Continue Reading...