Medication Management – A Guide for Patients

Medication Management – A Guide for Patients

Medicine…… So many of us take it. 70% of Americans take at least one medication, and 20% of us take five or more. The older we get, the more likely we are to have health problems and need medicine to treat them. Medications are the mainstay of treatment for chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. That’s because so much research shows they work well to keep people with health

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Joy and Gratitude at Thanksgiving

Joy and Gratitude at Thanksgiving

I try to live a life of gratitude. Can’t pretend I’m always successful at it, but I do tend to be more of an optimist than a pessimist. I think that means I’m more often grateful for what I have than upset about what I don’t have. And now Thanksgiving’s almost here. In past Thanksgiving posts I’ve done my best to take off my “pharmacist hat” and talk in a

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Covid Vaccines for Immunocompromise — Additional Dose or Booster Dose?

Covid Vaccines for Immunocompromise — Additional Dose or Booster Dose?

Somehow, the terms “additional dose” and “booster dose” for Covid-19 vaccines have become interchangeable. I heard an expert from CDC say on a national webinar that they were only using the term “booster” to refer to both. Some doctor’s offices are doing that, too. But if you’re one of the many Americans who happens to be immunocompromised, terms matter. You need to know the difference between the two, because you

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Take Advantage of Marketplace and Medicare Open Enrollment!

Take Advantage of Marketplace and Medicare Open Enrollment!

Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace both have an annual open enrollment period. They usually run at about the same time, though with slightly different start and end dates. This year, the Medicare open enrollment period started last week. It runs through December 7th, and new policies will be effective January 1, 2022. If you’re signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace, open enrollment

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Not Eligible for a Covid Booster Shot? Here’s Why!

Not Eligible for a Covid Booster Shot? Here’s Why!

In our last blog post, we explained the newest CDC guidelines for Covid-19 booster shots. Just a quick recap – it is only for those who received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, and only certain groups of people were made eligible. Since then, I’ve heard a lot of questions from people about why they aren’t eligible for a booster. I’ve even heard from some who’ve found a way to get one even

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