We’ve all come in contact with pharmaceutical drugs in some form or another. Maybe you take a prescription drug every day to manage a certain health condition. Perhaps you keep a bottle of Tylenol in your desk for when you feel a headache coming on at work. Or maybe you’ve seen advertisements on TV for commercial drugs, featuring people relaxing in bathtubs in an open field or a drug’s name sung to the tune of the Jackson 5’s “ABC.” But have you ever wondered how scientists discovered the exact molecule in the little orange bottle, in your desk drawer or on your TV screen, that does just what it’s supposed to? To understand the process of drug discovery, let’s follow one drug’s journey from the lab to the pharmacy shelf.Continue reading “Drug Discovery: Behind the Molecules in Our Medicine Cabinet”
You’re in the midst of a headache, temples throbbing, and you rush to the drug store for medication only to have your headache intensify because you can’t decide whether you should get Tylenol or its generic form. Does that sound familiar? Ever dreaded having to pick up an expensive prescription and then been shocked to receive a generic version of it at a lower or no co-pay? (What a nice surprise!) Or, are you wondering why sometimes there is no generic alternative of your medicine available? Read on and hopefully, by the end of this article, you have all these questions answered.Continue reading “Brand-Name Drugs vs. Generics: What’s the Difference?”
Plastic pollution in our oceans, lakes, and rivers has gained vast media attention over recent months, and rightly so: approximately 8.8 million tons of plastic are released into the oceans each year.
The United States is facing a major health crisis, and you may not have heard much about this one in the national news: according to the National Institutes of Heath, about 1 in 12 Americans abuse illicit drugs.