Those who care for an aging parent may sometimes feel like they are always needing to strike a balance between competing goals. On the one hand, there is one desire to make sure their parents are safe, but they also…
When it comes to patient care, safety is a top priority, especially when they are taking multiple medications at home. Even with the diligence and expertise of doctors, pharmacists, and caretakers, there is always the risk that patients will miss taking their medication and caretakers or pharmacists will not know about it early enough.
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.
There are nearly 67 million Americans providing assistance to their spouse, relative, parent, or close relation. With this in mind, it is important to remember that both aging and the potential for specialized long-term care solutions are two topics that shouldn’t be put off for too long. However, before discussions begin, family members should gather all of the information needed to have an understanding, yet productive, conversation with aging loved ones.
When most of us think of pharmacies, we think of the smiling faces and helpful staff who fill our prescriptions, help us choose which vitamins to purchase or guide us to the right aisle to make a last-minute purchase during cold and flu season. We don’t typically think of the heavy-duty products that are required when disaster strikes, or we are left in need crutches, braces, mobility assistance and other devices. However, these things are available through many of today’s pharmacies, as they have begun doubling as durable medical equipment providers. Take a look at what qualifies as durable medical equipment, and how much easier it is to get nowadays when the need arises!
A new shingles vaccine will dramatically reduce your chances of developing the painful condition.
On Oct. 20, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Shingrix for adults 50 and older to prevent shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster. The research shows that it is more than 97 percent effective compared to a placebo.
Over the past several decades, information technology (IT) has had a huge impact on the lives of millions of people. Many industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, have embraced new technologies; forward-thinking pharmacies now rely on automated information processing, automated prescription refills, and apps that provide drug information. While some people may fear that technology may replace pharmacist functions and be impersonal, they actually are helping to bolster efficiency and raise the standard for pharmaceutical care. These technologies enable routine and repetitive tasks to be performed with consistent accuracy that can still be tailored to individual needs.
Atkinson’s Pharmacy is proud to unveil our new brand standards, including updated logos and a completely new digital experience for our customers and partners.