June 2003: Case Study 2
PC visits her local pharmacy looking for a product that will relieve her osteoarthritis. She does not like to take many medications because she has many allergies. Her allergies include sensitivity to aspirin, bees, shellfish, strawberries, haloperidol, penicillin, and fluoroquinolones.
Because PC?s sister often praises the positive results she has seen while taking a product containing glucosamine and chondroitin, PC is very interested in this combination. She has read that taking such a product on a regular basis stimulates cartilage and synovial tissue metabolism.
She approaches the pharmacist to confirm that this is an appropriate choice for her.
After evaluating PC?s assorted allergies, should the pharmacist recommend the use of glucosamine and chondroitin?
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The pharmacist should not recommend the use of glucosamine and chondroitin in light of PC?s shellfish allergy. Glucosamine is often derived from marine exoskeletons.