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healthcare travel assignmentSo you’re ready to hit the road on a healthcare travel assignment. Whether it’s your first travel job or your tenth, you want to make the most of it.

It’s normal to be a bit nervous if you’re new to working as a healthcare traveler. In fact, even experienced healthcare workers might have a few butterflies when it comes time to start a new assignment. But either way, it’s exciting to hit the road and live and work somewhere new for the next 13 weeks. So make the most of the time you’re in town at your new assignment by doing some of the following: [click to continue…]

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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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acetaminophen-tylenol-pregnancyAcetaminophen is generally considered safe for women to continue taking while they are pregnant or nursing. New research suggests that fetal exposure to the drug may be associated with behavioral problems such as ADHD or other disorders in children. [click to continue…]

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PTSD currently affects nearly 8 million adults in any given year, and it can be a life threatening illness which greatly hampers quality of life. Pharmacies can help to raise awareness of the causes, treatments, and symptoms of PTSD during the month of June. Getting involved with a PTSD awareness campaign such as the Wounded Warrior Project or your community’s local VA is another way to increase literature available to customers who may feel uncomfortable asking their pharmacist if they are experiencing PTSD symptoms. [click to continue…]

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A bill that aims to see pharmacists recognized as, “health care providers who have the authority to provide health services” is making its way through the California state legislature. This bill has potential to travel quickly through the senate, or it could end up frozen and hung up on technicalities. The bill shows a changing attitude towards the services that pharmacists provide, and with it allows for a more open dialog about what medical providers can or could expect from a pharmacist listed as a medical provider in their facility.

The bill would allow California pharmacists to dispense smoking cessation drugs, train others about drug therapy, participate in reviews of patient milestones and have access to medical reports to offer suggestions or alternatives, furnish contraceptives, and more. Having pharmacists able to complete these tasks will free up valuable time and resources in hospitals, primary care clinics, and other health care settings. It would be a boon to the public by allowing pharmacists to perform physical exams, offer patients referrals to other healthcare providers, adjust and begin drug therapies, and more.

There is a vast shortage of health care providers in California, and this bill would enable many pharmacists to fill a much needed role for medical providers in the state. This will allow pharmacists to have the designation of “Advanced Practice Pharmacist,” and enable them to perform the basic health care assessments and services listed above. This designation is currently available for pursuit by pharmacists in the state of California, offering this advanced designation to over 40,000 pharmacists. Allowing pharmacies and pharmacists to offer their services in a variety of settings, and expanding the services which they can provide is a crucial step in easing the burden on an already overtaxed medical care provider system in California.

Pharmacists in California will be allowed to expand their services provided, allowing for basic services to be rendered by the pharmacists on staff instead of a primary care physician or another member of a medical team. Creating more health care providers is key, as California’s medical care options are set to change drastically when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014. California’s state level health care assistance program, Med-Cal, will not currently allow coverage for pharmacist rendered services under its current Medicaid program.

Changing the landscape of services that pharmacists can offer is just one goal that this bill hopes to accomplish. With the Affordable Care Act going into place, and more medical providers being open to expanding their practices to include pharmacists in a larger role in everyday tasks, the way that the public views their local pharmacist is set to change. If this bill moves through the senate, the ability of pharmacists and pharmacies to better serve their community and their state.

How has your pharmacy expanded or modified roles of your team to meet the needs of your community in a changing healthcare world? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

by pharmacy on April 10, 2013

 Autism affects 1 out of every 88 children in the United States alone. The condition is known to affect five times more males than females, and its symptoms range from mild to severe. While some children can function on a daily basis and do so with quirks and odd habits, others are entirely nonverbal and their behavior patterns can change drastically from moment to moment. Pharmacies can offer support to families and youth alike by taking steps to provide adequate social and medical care in their facilities.

 

Often, pharmacies will be the last stop in what is often a busy schedule. Families do more in less than time than ever. Autistic youth and adults may have extensive—and expensive—behavioral and psychological assessments or evaluations. These coupled with the cost of a possible prescription drug treatment can be a hardship for families. Offering generic prescriptions where available in a patient’s medication regime can help offset a financial burden. Treating children with autism can cost a family up to $3 million dollars over their lifetime. Oftentimes, families will have to pay for occupational, behavioral, and psychiatric therapies out of pocket if their insurance program does not cover the costs for autism therapies. Helping clients manage prescription costs by verifying scripts are accurate and substituting generics where able are just some of the ways that a pharmacy can help its customers trying to manage their autism or aid a family member with the condition.

 

Another way that pharmacies can aid their customers and families with an autistic family member is to connect with support services in the area. Many autism acceptance social groups, playgroups for young children, and informative meetings for parents are available around the United States. Pharmacies can supply a list of autism support groups or resources available for their county by conducting a simple web search, or visiting Autism Key  to find an organization in their area. Finding support and knowing that one is not alone is a vital tool that can make sure that those living with autism, their parents, and families are able to receive the care and support from their local community that they need.

 

Fostering a relationship with a local autism charity to raise funds for autism awareness is another way that pharmacies may be able to raise awareness and support a good cause. The Dan Marino Foundation and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network are just two of the charities that are causes seeking to better the lives of those with autism and the people who love them.

 

There are numerous ways that your local pharmacy can both support and raise awareness for autism during the month of April, and this list names only a few—be creative and respectful in your efforts. Speaking for the population with autism is never the goal. Offering to help them share their personal stories and enabling your clients to lead a healthier and happier life, is. What are some tools that your team has implemented to raise autism awareness during April? Share with us in the comments below.

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