The Happy PharmD Founder Alex Barker in a Pharmacy Times article says it’s important to remember modern medicine is ever-changing, and some practices deemed correct today could be proven incorrect in the future.
During a trip to New Orleans with his wife, he says was reminded of formerly accepted pharmacy practices, including cocaine for tooth pain and opioids as an elixir.
“The experience caused me to think about governing body recommendations and guidelines that dictate so much of what we do as pharmacists,” Barker writes. “In the early days of my career, those were the gold standard to me; they represented the ultimate truth. I realized, though, that these truths have become like a religion, and the problem is that these “religious truths” are constantly changing.”
Barker in his write up provided some gentle reminders about medicine today, including the significance of considering possibilities that may otherwise be automatically dismissed.