Chagas Disease Has Made Its Way to North America

by pharmacy on November 1, 2017

Chagas DiseaseChagas Disease is a disease that has been prominent in Mexico, Central America, and South America and affects nearly 8 million people. Many of these people are not even aware that they have the disease. The CDC has reported that nearly 300,000 people in North America have been affected, and the disease has the potential to spread further. What is this disease and how is it treated? Here is some information to pass along to any of your pharmacy clients who may have recently traveled to Central or South America. [click to continue…]


Pharmaceuticals and Price Gouging Laws

by pharmacy on October 25, 2017

price gougingIn May, Maryland became the first state to pass price gouging laws that fight back to a growing trend of rising costs for generic and off-brand medicines. It passed with overwhelming support on all sides and has been met with open arms by those who need the prescriptions and those who prescribe them. The pharmaceutical industry is planning to fight back against the laws and intimidate other states from passing the same type of laws. [click to continue…]


What You Think You Knew About Pharmacists

by Jeremy Winograd on October 16, 2017

what you know about pharmacistsDespite the fact that Americans consistently rank them among the most trusted professions, there are still many misconceptions about pharmacists that have proven remarkably and frustratingly resilient. Even when millions of people around the country rely on pharmacists daily to fill their prescriptions, counsel them, and so much more, it seems as though only a relatively small percentage of those folks truly understand what those pharmacists are there for. Imagine if most Americans thought their grocery store cashiers spent their breaks slaughtering goats in the breakfast aisle – that’s almost the level of ignorance some pharmacists must deal with. So, in honor of Pharmacy Week, let us once and for all dispel a few of the most prevalent industry myths so that maybe pharmacists can start getting the full level of credit and respect they deserve. Make sure you read the whole post, as there is a special suprise for our avid readers! [click to continue…]


New Treatment for Batten Disease

by pharmacy on October 11, 2017

Batten DiseaseWhen children get sick, it can be a scary endeavor. When it’s a rare genetic disease, it becomes a devastating nightmare. A young boy, at four years old, is currently battling Batten disease that also took the life of his six-year-old brother just a year ago. Thanks to a new drug, recently approved by the FDA, there is hope for his survival. That survival will come with a lot of effort, time, and energy. We can only imagine how his family is enduring this situation. If any of your pharmacy clients have Batten disease, here is some information you can share with them. [click to continue…]


medication cost savingsWhile families are struggling to make ends meet, having their medications cost nearly as much as their mortgage is causing a lot of financial hardship in our country. The AARP recently released a study that found the cost of specialty drugs rose by nearly 10% in 2015; to be fair, some commonly used generics also dropped by 19% during the same time period. [click to continue…]


Geographical Ties to Crohn’s Disease

by pharmacy on September 27, 2017

crohns diseaseSome diseases may be tied to where we live. We see higher rates of cancer in families that live close to power plants. We see an increase in a wide variety of autoimmune disorders in people who live near polluted waters. Now, Canadian scientists have found a lack of Crohn’s disease in people who live in rural areas. The other interesting part of the report is that people who live in rural areas in the first five years of life are less likely to develop Crohn’s disease later on. [click to continue…]


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