4 Important Technology Advancements in Pharmacy

Posted by Vivian Tahmasbi, PharmD on Jul 22, 2019 4:07:21 PM

Technology is only getting better and more convenient. Now, instead of driving to visit your doctor for a check-up, you can connect with them through video chat. Need to track your medication routine? Simple, there’s an app for that. Every piece of health-related technology has an eye on improving the overall patient experience, while making the entire process more convenient and personalized.

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Topics: Pharmacy

Does CBD Have a Place in Your Recovery?

Posted by Vivian Tahmasbi, PharmD on Jun 7, 2019 10:53:18 AM

Over the last year, CBD has been featured in news reports, internet articles, and medicinal journals as a safe and natural alternative to treat chronic pain. Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is one of the many compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. And although its buzz has had millions of Americans placing online orders or visiting their local wellness store, there is still much unknown about the true benefits of this treatment option.

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Topics: Pharmacy, Pain Management

Forgetting to Take Your Meds? Here are 5 Simple Medication Reminders.

Posted by Kellie Collier on May 24, 2019 10:12:53 AM

We get it, you have a lot going on. Keeping up with your family, errands, work or recovery can sometimes make it difficult to remember small tasks, like taking your medications. If you can’t seem to get into the groove of a medication routine you’re not alone, approximately 50% of chronic illness patients do not take their medications as prescribed.

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Topics: Pharmacy, Pain Management

Is it Safe to Take Expired Medications?

Posted by Neil Welch, PharmD on May 16, 2019 10:47:14 AM

We have all had it happen.  You have a splitting headache or a muscle ache, go into your bathroom for an over-the-counter (OTC) medication - only to find that it has expired.  One of the most common questions I get from friends and family is, “Is it safe to take an expired medication?” The answer on that largely depends, and that is precisely the problem.

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Topics: Pharmacy, Pain Management

Electronic Prescribing Trend Helping to Curb Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Danielle Jaffee on May 9, 2019 2:39:04 PM

Electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, allows health care providers to securely send prescription information from their computer or tablet directly to pharmacies. E-prescribing isn’t new, but it’s gaining ground quickly as more and more states are considering a mandate on this prescription transmission method. 

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Topics: Legislative, Pharmacy

Following Your Medication Routine Matters, Here's Why.

Posted by Vivian Tahmasbi, PharmD on May 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Staying adherent to your medication routine might seem like a simple task, but nearly 10 percent of hospitalizations and their cost are a result of not following a prescription regimen. Medication non-adherence is frequently perceived to be minor because of the lack of symptoms; however, non-adherence can lead to a decrease in quality of life and possible health consequences.

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Topics: Pharmacy

Calculating Dosage Risk with Morphine Milligram Equivalents

Posted by Vivian Tahmasbi, PharmD on Apr 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

MME stands for Morphine Milligram Equivalents. Because all narcotics are synthesized from opium, healthcare professionals have developed a formula that allows an easy conversion to be made to compare the doses of different narcotics.

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Topics: Pharmacy, Pain Management

Taking Pain Medications? Here Are Some Common Side Effects.

Posted by Vivian Tahmasbi, PharmD on Mar 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Pain medications were originally created and used to help patients in severe pain during surgery. Over time, pain medications have become more commonly prescribed postoperatively, as well. With these medications being used more frequently, more questions arise about their side effects.

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Topics: Pharmacy, Pain Management

Side Effect vs. Adverse Event

Posted by Vivian Tahmasbi, PharmD on Jan 22, 2019 1:17:24 PM

Every medication on the market will have some sort of a clinical side effect associated to it. Because a medication is altering the bodies chemical stability, it is bound to cause at least one reaction within the body. The question is though, was this a side effect or an adverse event?

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Topics: Pharmacy

Preventing Vitamin Depletion While Taking Prescription Medications

Posted by Vivian Tahmasbi, PharmD on Dec 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Research has found that 70% of the United States population is on one or more prescription medications. The truth behind every medication, including over-the-counter medications, is that each one slowly depletes essential vitamins and minerals. This can be of great concern bearing in mind many Americans are suffering from low levels of vitamins and minerals from a poor diet or inherent family history.

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Topics: Pharmacy

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