Ever wonder what pharmacists do exactly? Many people see us stand behind a counter filling prescriptions and assume that’s all we do, but the answer is not quite that simple—or obvious. We’re actually able and willing to help you in more ways than most people realize.
As a pharmacist who has worked in a variety of settings, I can tell you there are many things that we wish people knew about their pharmacist – here are a few of them:
1. We’re looking out for you. Every time we look at a prescr...
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“You know, children are not small adults,” a preceptor once told me during an early pharmacy practice rotation. Nearly 10 years later, I sometimes still hear her voice in my head. However, my patient population falls on the opposite end of the life spectrum: They are members of the geriatric community.
Like children, advanced members of our community require special considerations. Some disease states affect elderly patients differently than younger individuals. Liver f...
You might think you were hallucinating if you walked into a pharmacy today and saw LSD, strychnine, and heroin on the shelf.
However, there was a time when these and many other products now considered either illicit or poisonous were manufactured by drug companies and considered safe.
Now, thanks to advancements in science, medicine, and unfortunately, some human trial-and-error, most of these products are no longer available for medical use,although some still are. Let’s take a trip down mem...
Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and lead to other illnesses, but the condition can zap your energy, too. Take this quiz to see how much you know about keeping your energy level up when you have diabetes.
1. How does mental health affect fatigue in people with diabetes?
A. Mood does not affect energy.
B. Poor mental health may increase fatigue.
C. Good mental health has no effect on fatigue.
D. Mental health alters blood sugar.
2. How do infections affect fatigue in those with dia...
Medications used to treat fungal infections are becoming increasingly resistant, so experts have offer best practice to help counter resistance.
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In any given year, roughly two million U.S. residents contract an antibiotic-resistant infection — and 23,000 of those individuals die. This public health crisis will likely get worse, given the overuse of antibiotics in the cows and chickens that end up on our dinner tables.
But antibiotic resistance is not the only looming public health threat in the world of infections. Antifungal resistance rightfully deserves its own spotlight — not least because fungal infections account for 25 percent ...
Chances are you already know that having diabetes automatically puts you at risk for developing heart disease. But what does that really mean? Does it mean you’re more likely to have high blood pressure or a stroke, or does diabetes also increase your risk for developing other heart-related conditions? Take this quiz to see how much you really know about diabetes and heart disease.
1. What percentage of people who have diabetes die of heart disease or stroke?
As the U.S. transitions toward new payment models, healthcare organizations are rethinking how specialized postacute care clinics figure into efforts to improve patients’ outcomes and reduce costs.
Assemble the forecasts of health analysts, associations and government agencies, and the picture that emerges is one of a growing number of patients with multiple chronic conditions whose healthcare needs are likely to strain the U.S. medical workforce and economy. By 2035, the Ameri...
Bacterial and viral infections seem to make the daily news, but ever wonder why fungal infections — and the consequences of their treatment — rarely make headlines?
“Fungal infections can be bothersome, but they are generally low acuity and not life-threatening in people with healthy immune systems,” says Rupali Jain, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, a clinical associate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle School of Pharmacy.
Even though fungal infections affecting the outer layer of sk...
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Each year, 23,000 of the approximately 2 million people who contract antibiotic-resistant infections will die.1 Such a death toll automatically draws attention to the antibiotic resistance crisis. Antifungal-resistant infections don’t have as high a body count. However, some fungal infections, such as those in the Candida and Aspergillus genera, are becoming less responsive to antifungal agents, and this warrants some much-needed attention.
The number of antifungal prescriptions has soared in...