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Excessive Needle Bruising Conundrum

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A physician asked me to see his patient, a middle-aged woman who was using an insulin pen.  She had extensive bruising at her injection sites, with no simple explanation.  She was not taking any medications associated with increased bleeding, and did not bruise easily otherwise. The physician wondered if there was something else about her injection technique that produced the bruising.

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Pharmacist’s Diligence Saves Patient’s Health and Money

I am a retail pharmacist working in a busy chain pharmacy.  A patient came in and requested a temporary supply of his Crestor 40 mg tablets because he had run out of tablets before he was eligible for a refill through insurance.  I checked his profile and noticed that it had been 1 1/2 months since his last 90 day refill so I asked why he had run out.  He said that his doctor had told him to double up and take 80 mg daily.  This didn't sound correct, but it was after office hours and the patient was adamant that these were his doctor's instructions and that he would have to stop his medication if I didn't dispense to him. 

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Diabetic Complications and Frostbite

With much of the U.S. in the grip of harsh winter weather as December 2017 comes to a close, we're revisiting a post we originally published in 2013 about how having diabetes or prediabetes can increase the risk of frostbite. The risk was dramatically illustrated by the experience of British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who had to pull out of a grueling expedition to cross Antarctica due to the effects of frostbite. We wish all our readers a healthy, safe, and warm new year!

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