Tag Archive: medication therapy management

Friday, April 17, 2015 6:00 am

World Hemophilia Day, April 17th

World Hemophilia Day is an international observance held annually on April 17 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH). It is an awareness day for hemophilia and other inherited and acquired bleeding disorders. April 17 was chosen in honor of WFH founder Frank Schnabel, who was born on that day. World Hemophilia Day, first observed in 1989, is a day of celebration and appreciation of the vast number of family members and other individuals who provide care, services and support for those living with Hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The World Federation of Hemophilia launched the 2015 theme “Building a Family of...

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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 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, 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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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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Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:00 am

Questions For The Pharmacist?

The state mandated offer to counsel, “Do you have any questions for the pharmacist?’, while not new, continues to remain an underutilized patient resource. Granted it may sound like a mere obligatory offer when you hear it repeated patient after patient at the pharmacy counter, but in reality it is so much more. Just ask any Pharmacist. Conversations uncover issues(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) We love to talk with our patients! You are the reason we do what we do on a daily basis. And just in case you are wondering…there are no foolish questions. I believe most of my colleagues...

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Thursday, November 06, 2014 11:00 am

The Great American Smokeout Is Thursday November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20th, is The Great American Smokeout. This day is set aside to draw awareness to the need to quit smoking. In the words of the sponsors: “The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014 10:00 am

Is it Hypertension or “White Coat Syndrome” ?

Have you ever entered your doctor’s office feeling relaxed and well, only to be told a half hour later by the nurse that your blood pressure “seems a bit high, so we’ll take it again before you leave”? This is more common than you may think. White coat syndrome starts here(Photo credit: Kathleen Kvilhaug) Some people experience a phenomenon known as “white coat hypertension” or “white coat syndrome” while they are in a clinical setting. These patients are “normotensive” or have a normal blood pressure  when they are on the outside, but once they enter the walls of the medical...

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