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Drug interaction prevention

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Mnemonic device "AVOID" can help physicians prevent adverse drug reactions caused by interactions with OTCs, supplements, says new 1educational module on "Preventable Adverse Drug Reactions: A Focus on Drug Interactions." AVOID refers to questions healthcare practitioners should ask patients when taking medication histories: allergies; vitamins/herbs; old drugs and OTCs; interactions; and dependence. Document developed by Arizona Center for Education & Research on Therapeutics and CDER also highlights Web site, a table listing major cytochrome P450 isozymes involved in drug metabolism and the drugs metabolized by them. List includes St. John's wort, which is the focus of NCCAM-funded studies on its potential drug interactions...

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