Synthetic marijuana for pharmacists
Feb24

Synthetic marijuana for pharmacists

As a former pharmacy professor, I’m honored that a couple of our old and new blogposts have been picked up by colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. Clinical Assistant Professor and drug information specialist, Jennifer Seltzer, PharmD, and her intern, Tiffany LaDow, PharmD, included us in their online durg information alert entitled, “‘Spice’ It Up – A New Way to Get High:...

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NC legislators aim to clean up “bath salt” omission
Feb19

NC legislators aim to clean up “bath salt” omission

Earlier this week, I wrote about on the comprehensive chemistry text in two North Carolina state bills – H12/S9 and H13/S7 – to criminalize distribution, sales, and possession of compounds present in a variety of legal-high, designer drug products. One bill specifically addressed compounds present in synthetic marijuana compounds whose extensive list included those eponymous JWH compounds synthesized in the laboratory of...

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NIGMS proud of support for chemistry
Feb16

NIGMS proud of support for chemistry

Dr. Jeremy Berg, Director of NIH’s National Institute for General Medical Sciences, is well known across the academic science blogosphere for engaging with his stakeholders. Dr. Berg comments on blog posts, returns researcher e-mail messages, and is an all-around role model when it comes to serving his grantees (Disclosure: I hold a NIGMS award but am on record as feeling this way about Dr. Berg even before I received my current...

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Strong chemistry in NC bills banning legal highs
Feb12

Strong chemistry in NC bills banning legal highs

On Wednesday, two bills passed unanimously in the North Carolina State Senate that would outlaw synthetic cannabimimetics and mephedrone. These compounds are currently sold as Spice incense (e.g., K2, Black Mamba) or “bath salts” (e.g., Ivory Wave), respectively. (Many thanks to WRAL-TV Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and fellow blogger DrugMonkey for alerting me to these bills via Twitter.). Legislatively, similar bills...

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Open-access: ACS honors African American chemists for Black History Month
Feb07

Open-access: ACS honors African American chemists for Black History Month

In the United States, the month of February is known as Black History Month – a time to celebrate the contributions of African Americans to all facets of our lives. The ACS has done an absolutely wonderful job in offering an open-access feature on eleven of the most noteworthy Black chemists from across American history. The stories of these remarkable individuals span from New Orleans chemist Norbert Rilleaux and his industrial...

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