Medications can get complicated, especially if your medical care involves more than one doctor and pharmacy. Your pharmacist is an important part of your healthcare team. They are well trained in their profession, and are an excellent source of information about medication, both prescription and over-the-counter. If you have questions about your medicine after you leave the doctor's office, the pharmacist can answer many of them. However, most people don’t know what questions to ask to obtain their assistance.
Among an epidemic of drug overdoses, millions of Americans are living in pain. For many years it was believed that the same drugs causing these overdoses had the ability to ease suffering and provide a hopeful resolution. Now, the opioid epidemic has caused widespread addiction and death across the country.
What is E-Prescribing?
Electronic prescribing, or “E-prescribing,” allows health care providers to enter prescription information into a computer device and securely transmit the prescription to pharmacies using a special software program. E-prescribing is growing rapidly, not just because the technology has improved, but because of the substantial benefits for patients and health care providers.
Compound medications, and their place in treatment, continue to be a hot topic in the world of workers’ compensation. Medical providers will turn to compound prescribing when they do not obtain treatment results from standard market drugs.
Misconceptions about medications are more common than we may realize and can create barriers to using them effectively. Reliance on “medication myths” can cause serious health problems, some with long lasting effects. Below is a list of common pharmacy related myths and the facts that may help to clear up some of these misconceptions.
It is difficult to know how to move forward once chronic pain has altered someone’s life. It often seems like all that is needed is the right medication or treatment to take away the pain to improve their function. But sometimes that is not enough - especially in the instance of chronic pain. Medication, injections, or surgery sometimes only provide minimal relief. However, there are many other treatment approaches to chronic pain to provide better results.
Do you need a prescription for your medication or can you just purchase it at a local store? Is your medication a controlled substance with certain restrictions on how it can be prescribed or filled? Understanding drug categorization is at times a frustrating and confusing topic for patients.