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Posted: Oct 12, 2021

Help Stop Drug Abuse, Overdose Deaths

Written by SMH PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident Julie Mavrakis

In 2020, fatal overdoses of prescription and illicit drugs reached a record high, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can help reverse this disturbing trend and public health crisis by keeping your medications out of a potential abuser's hands. Find out how.

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Posted: Sep 28, 2021

Allergic to Penicillin? Why Diagnosis Matters

By SMH Pharmacy Resident Alessandra Diioia, PharmD

Did you know that 10% of all U.S. patients report having a past allergic reaction to penicillins? Yet, less than 1% of Americans truly are allergic to penicillins. Pharmacist Alessandra Diioia explains why it's important to have a suspected penicillin allergy properly diagnosed.

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Posted: Aug 3, 2021

Back-to-Class Basics for 2021-2022 School Year

With Dr. Manuel Gordillo, Sarasota Memorial Infectious Disease specialist

Be sure your student is ready to tackle the 2021-2022 school year safely with these tips from Sarasota Memorial’s medical experts on COVID-19 safety precautions, commuting safely and setting your student up for success.

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Posted: Jul 23, 2021

Red Tide & Shellfish Poisoning: What You Need to Know

By Pharmaceutical Emergency Care Specialist Jeremy Lund, PharmD

Most Suncoast residents are familiar with the respiratory irritation and itchy eyes commonly experienced during red tide blooms. But did you know that eating red tide-contaminated shellfish can make you sick - possibly really sick?

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Posted: Jul 20, 2021

Heatstroke & Heat Exhaustion Warning Signs

By SMH Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Team

As we're approaching peak summer swelter on the Suncoast, medical care providers are seeing an increase in heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Learn what warning signs to look for in infants, children and adults, plus what steps to take to keep illness from worsening.

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