US pharmacy chain tracks customer's use of herbals

Helwig, David
March 2000
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/21/2000, Vol. 162 Issue 6, p852
Academic Journal
Reports on the service provided by United States pharmacy chain CVS Corp. Service which tracks herbal supplements and nonprescription remedies bought by its customers in order to warn them of potential interactions with prescribed drugs; Concern that doctors and pharmacists have suggested overuse of vitamin and herbal therapies by patients; Example found in the herbal supplement St. John's Wort which can inhibit the effectiveness of some heart medications.


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