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

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COVID-19 vaccines – What We Know About Side Effects and Safety.

COVID-19 vaccines – What We Know About Side Effects and Safety.

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations is picking up speed. Many more people are eligible to be vaccinated now compared to a week or two ago. (You may not be able to get an appointment yet, but hopefully that will get easier soon.) In our recent article about COVID-19 vaccines, we described what mRNA vaccines are, how they work, and how effective they are. But concerns about safety may still have you

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My Personal Experience with COVID-19

My Personal Experience with COVID-19

Greetings everyone! I hope this article finds you and your families doing well and staying safe! I’m writing this post in a different fashion than I have before. With the encouragement of Betty Chaffee, PharmD., I am going to share with you my personal experience of having been infected with COVID-19. The timeline: On January 1, 2021, I started to experience some minor nasal congestion. No big deal, right? Colds

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COVID-19 Vaccines — Starting 2021 on a Hopeful Note

COVID-19 Vaccines — Starting 2021 on a Hopeful Note

Who would have thought that a needle in the arm could bring such a huge smile to so many faces? As a pharmacist immunizer, I was blessed to be one of the first healthcare workers at St Joseph Mercy hospital in Chelsea to be vaccinated in late December. My second dose is on the calendar for later this month. I’m happy to be able to immunize other folks, too, and

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Are You Eager or Hesitant?

COVID-19 Vaccination: Are You Eager or Hesitant?

A vaccination against COVID-19 has been long-awaited and eagerly anticipated by many, especially medical professionals on the front lines. Now that it’s here, though, it’s pretty clear that not everyone is eager to get it. One vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech’s product) obtained emergency use authorization (EUA)  last week. Another (Moderna’s product) may obtain EUA yet this week. Shipments of vaccine started arriving in hospitals over the weekend, and frontline healthcare workers are

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