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STDs Are on The Rise – How We Can Help

by pharmacy on November 22, 2017

STDs on riseAccording to a new statement from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), STDs are on the rise and some are becoming drug resistant. This can be a scary situation for people who are sexually active, but one that pharmacists can certainly assist with. If you have noticed a rise in prescriptions for sexually transmitted diseases, or just want to be ahead of the curve, here are a few suggestions on how you can help. [click to continue…]

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The Pharmacist’s Role in Preventing Opioid Overdoses

by Jeremy Winograd on February 15, 2017

preventing opioid overdoseThe rapidly rising rate of opioid overdoses is one of the United States’ direst health crises. Addiction to illicit opioids like heroin has cast a shadow over the American health landscape for decades. However, a combination of the increasing ease of availability of powerful prescription opioids like Oxycodone and Fentanyl and rising heroin usage have caused overdose rates to skyrocket. According to the CDC, prescription opioid overdose-related deaths have quadrupled in the U.S. since 1999, reaching an astounding high of 15,000 in 2015 – even more than the 13,000 who died from heroin overdoses in the same year. Based on these overwhelming statistics, we can no longer stereotype opioid addicts. It isn’t just Bubbles from The Wire, or even Lou Reed and Keith Richards, who are in danger of suffering from a sudden and very often fatal opioid overdose anymore. Rather, it’s a growing number of average Americans all across the country. While this is a scary thought, it also means that pharmacists have more plentiful opportunities than ever to make a direct and positive impact on vulnerable patients. Here are a few ways you can help prevent opioid overdoses. [click to continue…]

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FDA Opioid Action Plan

by pharmacy on April 13, 2016

opioid regulation pharmacyOver the past several years, there has been a great deal of attention focused on the increasing number of individuals addicted to and abusing opioids. State legislatures, healthcare providers, and the federal government have all been looking at ways to reduce dependency. [click to continue…]

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September: National Preparedness Month

by pharmacy on September 3, 2014

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If there was an emergency in your local area right now, would you be ready? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want you to focus on being ready for anything at anytime – and that’s what September is all about. 2014 is the 11th year for the National Preparedness Month – sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. [click to continue…]

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CDC Panel Votes for Flu Shot for Everyone

by Toby Roberts on February 26, 2010

An advisory panel for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has voted to amend the recommendations for flu shots to everyone over 6 months of age. The CDC expects to implement the panel’s recommendation for the 2010-2011 flu season.

Health care analysts believe that part of the reason more people don’t get the shots is tied to uncertainty about who should be getting them. The move is intended to reduce any confusion about who should get the shots and encourage all age groups to seek out the vaccines. Records show that about 50 percent of the recommended groups have received the flu shot in the past.

The recommendations will still exclude babies under 6 months of age as well as seniors with egg allergies and some with chronic conditions that might increase the risk of complications from the vaccine. While the move is expected to increase demand for vaccines, the CDC is confident that the availability for the upcoming season is secure and will be sufficient to cover the increase.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/180511.php

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