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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:16 pm

The Growing World of Medication Self-Administration…Injectables

It’s 2015. In the world of pharmacy, Specialty Pharmacy in particular, many medications require administration via an injectable route. Self-administration of injectable medication is becoming more common. This fact is often met with fear and trepidation by patients who can’t imagine themselves managing such a complicated task. But, fear not! With training and patience …can’t resist a good pun 😉 …most patients can become comfortable with self-administration of injectable medications. The most common routes of self-administration in the home setting are subcutaneous (SQ or SC)/under the skin and intramuscular (IM)/into a muscle.  Other injectable routes of administration such as intravenous...

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 10:00 pm

While Pain Management in Pregnancy Raises Safety Concerns…FDA Recommendation remains Status Quo

During pregnancy there is a heightened sense of awareness that accompanies the dramatic physical change. Comfort during pregnancy is a relative term and most women will tolerate a great deal of discomfort before they will reach out for relief in the form of medication. Pharmacists have a short list of recommendations and typically refer women to their Ob-Gyn or PCP. Medication use in pregnancy callsfor careful consideration(Photo credit: Magnar Kvilhaug) While accepted professional guidance recommends caution, it is sometimes necessary to use  prescription or OTC medication during pregnancy to treat pain. Neglecting to properly treat severe and persistent pain in...

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:30 pm

A Medication Reminder and More For Really, Really Busy People…Yes, That’s You!

Let’s face it, no one enjoys having to take medication. This is especially true when it is necessary to do so on a routine basis. In a word it can be simply… inconvenient.  Not only is it difficult to deal with the hassle of obtaining the medication, but also it is a hassle to remember to take medication. The hassle-factor is further compounded when you add on multiple medications. Layer this into a busy lifestyle and it’s no wonder most of us have difficulty staying on top of our medication schedules. As Pharmacists, we know all too well the challenges...

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015 11:30 am

Successful Transitions to Independence For Young Adults with Hemophilia

For young adults with hemophilia, making the transition from parent guided care with supervised prophylaxis treatment to independence is a crucially important time in the management of their disease. Without thorough planning and follow up, this transition period can lead to prophylaxis non-adherence, increased bleeding risk and joint damage progression. Finding your way with Hemophilia In order to make a successful transition to independence, it is necessary for young adult hemophiliacs to have a good understanding of : • their hemophilia and its uniqueness • their hemophilia treatment plan • the natural clinical consequence of their disease • the value of...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:30 am

Does Your New Year’s Resolution Include a New Diet Aid Supplement?

Results you can feel excited about!(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) Three weeks into the New Year and several pounds heavier than desired, the search for a new diet is on. While checking out the latest fad diets it may be tempting to consider a diet aid supplement to jump start a New Year’s weight-loss resolution.  With a dizzying array of diet aids to select from, the choice can be daunting. Marketing experts do their best to design ads and packaging that grab your attention and hold it long enough to produce a sale. That’s their job and they do it well....

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:30 am

What’s in Your Cold Medicine?

Some head colds can make you feellike an  Alpine explorer!(Photo credit: A. Tucker) The Alps are a magnificent sight to behold… with peaks ranging in height from 6000 to 8000 feet above sea level… very few of us have ventured to explore them. However, when you have a cold and are feeling under the weather it sure can feel as if you are traversing the Alps from peak to towering peak!  Head congestion and fever associated with the common cold or flu can bring on a plethora of uncomfortable symptoms. Sinus congestion, headache, body aches, and chills drive many of...

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015 11:00 am

Creating a Less Stressful Lifestyle

As delightful and exciting as this time of year can be, it can also be stressful and exhausting.  Walking is an ideal stress buster(Photo Credit: Victoria Kvilhaug) We wear so many hats these days. With all of the responsibilities and demands competing for our attention it is often a challenge to carve out even a small amount of time to nurture our own physical and emotional well-being. No surprises here… but worth noting.  Making the effort to take care of ourselves as well as those who rely on us is truly a necessity, not a luxury. To help alleviate post-holiday stress,...

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:00 am

One More Important Reason to Drink (Or Not Drink) Responsibly

It’s New Year’s Eve and the Holidays are nearly over…it’s been a whirlwind of gatherings with friends and family.  For many, tonight’s schedule of events will include a toast or two, to old and new, as we ring in the new year 2015. Time to toast, choose wisely(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) Whether you take prescription or non-prescription medication, choose your toasting beverage wisely. Alcohol can affect the rate at which the body metabolizes or clears medication, as well as increase side effects such as sedation or drowsiness. Be sure to check with your pharmacist or doctor if alcoholic beverages are...

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Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:50 pm

Know The Warning Signs of Stroke

Our brains are amazing. They are also vulnerable. According to the American Stroke Association’s Stroke Statistics, Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death in the United States. Act F.A.S.T. to limit damage(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) • nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year• this number translates into one stroke every 40 seconds• these strokes can be new or recurring strokes• stroke kills more than 137,000 people each year• on average, one person dies of stroke every 4 minutes What is Stroke? Our brain requires nutrients and oxygen to function properly. An interruption of blood flow to the brain...

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