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2/1/2013 3:45:00 PM
'Why Dogs Can't Eat Chocolate'
Dr. Louise Achey

"Why Dogs Can't Eat Chocolate - How Medicines Work and How YOU can Take Them Safely" is a must read for anyone taking prescription drugs.

Today, with less time to spend with each patient, doctors are under tremendous time restraints and pressures to provide more medical services in less time. Consequently, they are relying more heavily on medications that are designed to help patients, but have the potential to do much more, including causing harm.

Drugs don't work the same way in every body. They can cause serious harm even when they are doing what they are supposed to do. Not only that, but when other drugs are added into the mix you can get unintended and often undesirable consequences. That is why "adverse reactions to medications", called ADRs are the 4th leading cause of accidental deaths in America today. It is also why 10% of all hospital admissions are a result of complications from the use and misuse of medications meant to help, not harm.

Dr. Louise Achey calls these unintended events medical misadventures. She defines it as "well-intended drug therapy gone wrong" often times with tragic consequences.

In her new book, Why Dogs Can't Eat Chocolate - How Medicines Work and How YOU Can Take Them Safely, available at, February 1st. Dr. Louise explains in an engaging and entertaining way how to avoid the dark side of drug therapy. You will learn how drugs work inside your body and how your body eliminates them. You will also learn practical ways to protect yourself and your loved ones from drug mishaps and misadventures. You'll be able to recognize the three most common and potential problems and what steps you can take to prevent mishaps, misunderstandings and unintentional misuse of powerful yet potentially deadly prescription drugs.

Dr. Louise Achey, Pharm.D, BCPS has practiced pharmacy in hospitals, nursing homes, and community pharmacies for the past 34 years. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and faculty at Central Washington Family Medicine Family Medicine's Residency program in Yakima, Washington.

A graduate of the School of Pharmacy at Washington State University in 1979, Dr. Louise completed her Doctor of Pharmacy from Idaho State University in 1994 and became specialty certified in Pharmacotherapy in 1997. She teaches medical, pharmacy and physician assistant students as well as medical residents and blogs on medication safety and other topics at

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