Medicine : Patient Information Management

1092 WordsMay 4, 20165 Pages
John Doolittle once said, “Developments in medical technology have long been confined to procedural or pharmaceutical advances, while neglecting a most basic and essential component of medicine: patient information management”. Millions of Americans and citizens around the world today are prescribed pharmaceutical drugs every year. Some are for simple things, such as allergies, and others are for life threatening conditions if not treated properly, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Many people diagnosed with these drugs do not even really know what the drugs in question do. In this paper, we will be discussing a few of many drugs that people are prescribed to help them live their daily lives. Before we can properly talk about pharmaceutical drugs, there are a few terms that we need to define. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word pharmaceutical as,” of or relating to the production and sale of drugs and medicine”. This means that a pharmaceutical drug is produced and sold as a form of medicine. There is also a beta-blocker, which van be defined as, “medications that reduce the blood pressure”. These medications will slow down the heartbeat. There is also the term low-density lipoprotein. Low-density lipoprotein is “bad cholesterol”, or the cholesterol that will block the arteries in the heart, causing blockage, and maybe heart attacks. The exact opposite to this type of cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein; the kind that the body needs to
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