The Scoop on Milk Thistle for Hepatitis C

Over the years, many of my hepatitis C patients have asked if milk thistle would provide additional benefit during treatment of their hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Since this herb doesn’t have any side effects (aside from a mild laxative effect in a small number of people), I’ve been open to my patients using it…

What Other Medications Are You Taking?

Guest Blog: Monica Morgan, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy At the start of therapy with BioPlus and at each and every refill, I ask my patients “what other medications are you taking?” Does that seem a bit much? Well, let me tell you a story… One of my patients once called me…

Pharmacists: The Primary Care Providers of the Future

Chronic diseases affect nearly half of the population, yet physician shortages and unbalanced distribution of health care providers mean that as many as 56 million Americans do not have adequate access to primary health care in their communities. An elegant solution to this problem is suggested in a report entitled “Improving Patient and Health System…

Thinking Outside the Liver

When you hear the disease “hepatitis C,” you most likely think of the liver. It makes sense, since the liver is ground zero of hepatitis C viral damage. However, about three-quarters of people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) will also have symptoms beyond their livers. The best documented non-liver problem caused by hepatitis…

The Road to Wellness Begins in Just 20 Minutes

It’s shocking enough that more than 3 million people in the United States are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), but what really blows me away is that most of these people have no idea about their infection status. In fact, just considering adults ages 40-64, there’s an estimated 1.6 million in the U.S….

Manicure, Pedicure…and Hepatitis?

A trip to the nail salon or the barbershop sounds innocent enough, but a new report shared at last week’s annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology warns that bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B and C viruses could be transmitted along with your mani/pedi or buzz cut.  The problem lies in the potential…

The 20 Year Mistake

In just a few days, on July 28, it will be World Hepatitis Day. Last week I talked about why it’s so important to shine the light on World Hepatitis Day. Today it feels right to spend some time sharing an interview with an amazing medical professional who not only works with hepatitis C patients in…

Turn Up the Volume on World Hepatitis Day

With all eyes on Washington as the dreaded Aug. 2 “debt ceiling deadline” rapidly approaches, bringing fears of a major potential catastrophe if the debt limit is not extended, I’m afraid that another important date could be overlooked in the noise of the current news cycle.   In many ways, July 28 is more important than…

Pour Yourself a Glass…of Water

During treatment for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), it seems that there’s an endless list of things you can’t do or can’t have: with alcohol topping the list of no-no’s. And worse than that is the lousy way that the HCV medications make most people feel during treatment. While you know that your health will…

Doing Nothing is Not an Option

“Eat a Peach,” The Allman Brothers Band hit album from 1972, was a piece of vinyl that I wore out. If you have a soft spot in your heart for that album and this southern rock band, then I’d bet that you are also a baby boomer. If my guess is right and you are…