About Alan Tanabe

Alan Tanabe, PharmD. has been a registered pharmacist in the state of Michigan since 1991. In addition to working as a pharmacist in a community setting, he has specialized in patient services including Medication Therapy Management to help patients achieve better health-related outcomes.

Alcohol – is it REALLY that harmful to drink when I’m taking medications?

Alan Tanabe/ April 6, 2019/ Medication safety, Self management/ 1 comments

Note: This is part 2 in a series that addresses alcohol use as part of Alcohol Awareness Month. Greetings everybody!   I hope that you enjoyed the first entry of this series regarding alcohol use (here is a link to that entry if you have not read it yet). https://bettermymeds.com/2019/04/01/april-is-national-alcohol-awareness-month/ Today, I am going to focus on an aspect that is often underestimated or completely disregarded, and that is how

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The High Cost of Prescription Drugs – Ask Your Pharmacist if Options are Available

Alan Tanabe/ March 6, 2019/ Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management, prescription drug costs/ 0 comments

According to data from an international health policy survey, in 2016 approximately 45 million Americans reported not filling prescription medications due to concerns regarding the cost. In addition, in 2016 Americans are estimated to have spent $477 billion on retail prescription drugs, accounting for approximately 17% of total personal health expenditures (including physician services, hospital care, and other health-related costs). If the cost of some of your medications has been

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Drug Recalls – What to Know and What to Do

Alan Tanabe/ January 28, 2019/ Medication Management, Medication safety, Medication Therapy Management/ 2 comments

Greetings, everybody! You have likely heard or read multiple reports about drug recalls issued over the past several months. This post is intended to help educate about what prompts the recall of a drug, advise you on how to learn if your medication(s) may be potentially affected by a recall, and the steps to take (and not take!) when learning of a recall. What prompts a drug recall?First, it is

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New Year – New Goals. Let Your Pharmacist Help You.

Alan Tanabe/ January 8, 2019/ Medication Management, Self management/ 2 comments

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope that the new year has started well for everyone. New Year’s Resolutions With the arrival of a new year comes the age-old practice of making resolutions. “I will lose weight this year.” “I will quit smoking this year.” “I will exercise one hour everyday this year.” “I will get my diabetes/blood pressure/asthma under control this year.” Of course, not everybody makes new year’s resolutions,

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