Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy Students Give Free Public Presentations on Current Health, Drug Concerns May 14

KINGSVILLE - May 09, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Topics include Celebrex, risks with contraceptives, ephedra among many others

The Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy invites the public to hear 16 presentations from its class of 2010 on pressing drug-related health topics of the day.

The student presentations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, May 14, on the first floor of the pharmacy building, located on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus. The presentations are the result of semester-long team projects that examined the use of and the effects of different drugs in large numbers of people; the clinical name for such drug study is pharmacoepidemiology.

Topics to be addressed are:

  • Vioxx®: its effect on cardiovascular patients and its removal from the market
  • Ketek® and liver damage
  • Ephedra
  • Increase in dosing of antidepressants
  • Acetaminophen and its toxic effects on the liver
  • Suicide warnings on the SSRI class of antidepressants
  • Plan B move to OTC
  • Silicone implants
  • Drug-induced lupus
  • Contraceptives and the risks associated with them
  • Viagra® may aggravate sleep apnea (targeted for health professionals)
  • Correlation between Celebrex® and cardiovascular disease
  • Second hand smoking effects on the cardiovascular system
  • Concomitant use of ibuprofen and aspirin (potential for attenuation of the anti-platelet effect of aspirin)
  • Accutane® and suicide black box warning

For more information, call Dr. Barry Bleidt, professor and associate dean of academic affairs for the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, at 361-593-4271.         

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