Drug Interactions

Policy Change in Hospitals to Save Lives

News Note

To help reduce the more than 98,000 U.S. deaths resulting from medication errors, a new protocol has been adopted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The practice reduces incorrect pharmaceutical use by ensuring that healthcare professionals are aware of all their patients’ medications, rather than just those being used for the condition currently under examination. A comprehensive list of patients’ medications helps doctors avoid potentially lethal interactions.

When Drugs and Exercise Collide

Know the Physical Interactions of Pharmaceuticals

You probably know that problems can occur when you combine different drugs or use certain drugs in conjunction with certain foods. Yet, are you aware that a wide variety of commonly used drugs — including prescription, over-the-counter and herbal products — can affect your response to exercise, potentially increasing your risk of injury? Discover how to stay sage using these tips from Carol Krucoff, coauthor of Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise.