Skilled nursing facilities are under more pressure than ever before to stem their rates of readmission. This new measure, dubbed the 30 Day All-Cause Readmission Measure (SNFRM), was created to standardize the risk rates of all patients across all causes.…
Let’s face it: Medicine often taste vile. It’s hard enough behaving like an adult and taking your own medicine. For children, it’s even worse: Children have greater sensitivity to bitter tastes, and many meds, such as penicillin and antihistamines, are quite bitter.
The most effective medication for your sick 5-year-old is the one he or she will take: It isn’t going to do a bit of good otherwise. It’s impossible to reason with a sick child about why he or she needs to take her medicine. Yes, you probably could force it down, threaten them with a timeout or sneak it into a treat as you would with a pet, but why do that when there’s a better way?
A filler is a substance in medication that has no therapeutic effect. It’s generally added to provide the medication with some other desirable characteristic such as color, flavor or texture. However, fillers can also have adverse side effects that physicians must consider when deciding which medication to prescribe. Compounded medication is an effective solution to the problems caused by fillers, since it can be customized for an individual patient.
Compound medications can’t be found sitting on the shelf of a pharmacy. These prescriptions are custom mixtures ordered by the doctor and filled by a compounding pharmacy. Prepared by licensed pharmacists, the drug’s form, taste, texture, and/or strength are modified for the patient. In some cases, the medicinal ingredient is still available for treatment, but the concentration is not manufactured commercially for the public.
As pharmacy professionals working in the Jacksonville community for over 50 years, we know how important rehabilitative care is for patients and their families. That’s why we are devoted to partner with rehabilitation centers throughout Florida.
Antibiotics might be designed to help defend your body against harmful pathogens, but they can also kill the good bacteria in your gut. When all of the good bacteria in your gut is gone, your body can quickly succumb to fast-growing Candida and other harmful pathogens that can wreak havoc on your small intestine and other internal organs. Fortunately, probiotics can help to combat the harmful side effects of long-term antibiotic treatments.
Bad decisions can cost you a lot. Considering how much medical machines and equipment go for, it’s smart and practical to make sure you end up with the best options possible. Here are a few considerations you’ll want to keep in mind.
Because of general “aging” of America’s population, the proportion of individuals who need long-term care is expected to increase, meaning that more and more people will be seeking care in senior living settings such as skilled nursing homes or assisted living facilities. In order to provide a specific standard of care for each person’s unique requirements, facilities have requirements for how to fulfill that care, especially as it relates to dispensing medications. Long-term care pharmacies also have regulations they must follow, but there are some new regulations in the pharmacy services section pertaining to the oversight of psychoactive drugs.
Nobody likes to think that the medication they rely on to manage a condition – or even survive – may not be available one day. However, in the event of a shortage, this could happen temporarily, and if discontinued permanently. There are other times in which it may take months of medication trial and error in order to find the right drug and dosage for your unique needs. This means that it is possible that at some time a medication you depend on may be unavailable.
If you’re a healthcare provider, you may have experience dealing with a local compounding pharmacy. While these facilities are usually consulted only for making very specific preparations, there are actually many reasons to contact your nearest compounder. Here are just a few reasons why compounding pharmacies are a doctor’s best friend: