ms-relapse-plegridy-injectionThe FDA has recently announced the approval of a new drug used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis. Manufacturer Biogen Idec Inc. announced their peg interferon beta-1a injection, known as Plegridy, received approval as a treatment option for relapsing forms of MS.

By attaching a polyethylene glycol molecule to the interferon beta-1a, it extends the medication’s half life, thus allowing patients to go longer between doses. Their product has a dosing schedule of once every two weeks, while the other two interferon beta-1a products on the market must be administered one to three times a week. [click to continue…]

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October is Healthy Lung Month

by pharmacy on October 15, 2014

healthy-lung-monthWhile most people know October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, few also know it is Healthy Lung Month. As a pharmacist, you can help your patients learn more about how to keep their lungs healthy and strong, providing extra education throughout October. [click to continue…]

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pharmacist-psychiatristRecently, the Missouri Department of Mental Health approved pharmacists to step into the role of psychiatric care provider. The decision has created a more efficient community treatment team.

Since community psychiatry involves reaching out to people wherever you find them (at home, in restaurants, even under bridges) to provide care and support, it is difficult to find psychiatrists who want to practice community psychiatry. As such, this allows a pharmacist to step into the role where a psychiatrist is difficult to find. [click to continue…]

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Pharmacists Make Strides in Improving Diabetes Care

by pharmacy on September 24, 2014

DiabetesClinical pharmacist Candis Morello serves as the director of San Diego Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Diabetes Intense Medical Management (DIMM) clinic. With her counseling, veterans with a history of type II diabetes are learning how to improve their condition. [click to continue…]

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Photo courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration

Do you have unneeded or expired medications lingering around in your home? This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting its National Drug Take-Back Day to collect unwanted, unneeded, or expired medications free and anonymously.

We at RPh on the Go encourage you to take part in this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of unneeded medications such as prescription painkillers and other controlled substance (CS) medications, typically only accepted for disposal with the presence of law enforcement.

More than 4.1 million pounds of unwanted medication have safely been disposed of in previous DEA Take-Back Days in more than 6,000 drop-off locations across the U.S. Check out DEA’s collection site locator, now available online here.

Please contact RPh on the Go Director of Quality Assurance & Compliance Steve Sidell if you have any questions about the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Program at steve.sidell@rphonthego.com or at 847.588.7499.

 

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RPh on the Go Wins for Youth

by pharmacy on September 9, 2014

Steve Sidell is the Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance at RPh on the Go. He began his career as a pharmacist prior to joining RPh on the Go 15 years ago. He is an avid biker, with about 37 years of fitness, sport, and transportation cycling under his belt. A little over a week ago, he tackled the legendary Col du Tourmalet climb in France… and prevailed!

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Steve Sidell (farthest right) is pictured here with his Adecco North America Win4Youth colleagues at the Col du Tourmalet event in France.

Steve completed the climb as part of Adecco Group North America’s Win4Youth initiative  which translates kilometers logged in cycling into donations to youth charities around the world. RPh on the Go, which operates as part of Adecco Group NA, nominated Steve as a Win4Youth ambassador in April 2014. Steve’s rigorous training schedule, love for cycling, and lifelong dream to complete the Col du Tourmalet made  him the best candidate for this role.

More than 80 Adecco colleagues representing 36 countries participated in this year’s Win4Youth main event which took place at the Col du Tourmalet in the French Pyrenees, a “hors catagorie” climb, meaning the most difficult of all. The “big climb” began at an elevation of 2000+ ft. and ended at well over 6000 ft.

On Sunday, August 30, 2014,  80 Win4Youth ambassadors embarked on the climb, which every single ambassador successfully completed. Adecco CEO Patrick De Maeseneire stood at the finish line to congratulate each and every one of them.

“It is very difficult to put into words the feeling of accomplishment and pride that welled up in my chest as he shook my hand,” Steve said about completing the legendary climb. “As I said when asked for a comment, ‘This was the greatest thing I ever did.'”

On behalf of RPh on the Go, we’d like to thank and congratulate Steve for his amazing contributions to Win4Youth and for representing RPh on the Go in the best way possible!

Click here to watch the official Adecco Win4Youth Main Event video.

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