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CVS Quits Smoking - Should You?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

In a virtually unprecedented move among the largest retail pharmacy chains in our country, CVS pharmacy recently announced it would discontinue the sale of tobacco products by the end of this year.  The move is predicted to take upwards of 2 billion dollars of revenue out of their stores.  Though that is less than 2% of their total operating budget, a couple billion dollars is a pretty signi... Read More

Is Marijuana Really Good Medicine for Massachusetts?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Our current culture seems crazy about cannabis.  Access to this supposed “wonder weed” is spreading throughout the country, with 20 states now legalizing the purchase for medical purposes, two of which allow the sale for recreational use.  Massachusetts voted in November of 2012 to join the fray, and recently gave official approval to 20 not-for-profit businesses to operate dispensaries for... Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease and Vitamin E

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), first described by German physician Alois Alzheimer in 1906 and so named in 1910, is a degenerative condition causing progressive memory loss affecting over 5 million patients in the U.S.  Incidents of Alzheimer’s disease rise with age, and with the number of individuals aged 65 years or older expected to double over the next 40 years, prevention and treatment are... Read More

Will Your Doctor Suggest a Statin?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph.

According to some interpretations of the latest recommendations issued just last month by the ACC (American College of Cardiology) and AHA (American Heart Association), doctors may be recommending statins more often in days to come.  These new guidelines were released Tuesday, November 12, and are already drawing sharp criticism.  What’s new in these recommendations is the... Read More