First Rule of Medicine – DO NO HARM

Every year, more than 8.6 million adverse drug events are reported in the US. 2.2 million of them are Severe. When seeing a doctor for a certain health condition or concern, you’re often prescribed medication — and many times, multiple medications. We live in an age where “There is a pill for everything”. Finding the right drug or drugs for your condition is essential — but why do some drugs work well, and others do

Are There Easier Ways to Get My Medications?

Do you have better things to do than worry about your medications? Most people do not know there are other options of packing medications besides the traditional pill bottle. Here are a few other options you might want to consider to make taking medications easier. Dispill. This a disposable med planner which is color coded by time of day. It’s detachable and portable with perforated edges you can easily tear and take your medications on

Maintain Your Health More Conveniently

Whether we’re filling multiple prescriptions because of our families or just ourselves, we can understand that having to go to the pharmacy to pick up medications each week, or even more often, quickly becomes a demand on our time when we have so many others already. A bill recently passed by the House, now headed to the Senate for consideration, would give Pennsylvanians more of a precious resource – time. House Bill 1800 would make

Addiction and Older Adults

Addiction rates are increasing in older adults. 17% of this age group struggles with substances and by 2020 the number is expected to double. Prescription overdose deaths in older adults outrank heroin overdoses in young people. The term “accidental addict” is often associated with adults 50 years and older who develop problems with alcohol or other drugs. They may have prescriptions for prescription pain pills, sleeping pills or anti-anxiety medications. Mix that, with more free

Hidden Gem: Your Local Independent Pharmacy

Each year, between 3 to 10% of the total US health care costs have been attributed to medication nonadherence—this totals up to approximately $100 to $300 billion in health care spending! In fact, nearly half of all adults in the US have at least one chronic disease, with the number of adults taking three or more medications doubling between 2007 and 2010. In managing chronic disease, medication adherence becomes key. Taking your medications as prescribed,

Aging Gracefully: Reducing the Risks of Polypharmacy

It is no secret that we are living longer. Unfortunately, we are not necessarily living healthier. An ever-growing percentage of the population is managing one or more medical conditions, which are managed by one or more medicines. While medicines can help maintain health and prevent further illness, taking combinations of drugs means that you could be at risk for drug interactions. Polypharmacy is defined as the concurrent use of many different medicines by the same