Communities are losing Independent Pharmacies

Betty Chaffee/ August 30, 2019/ Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management, prescription drug costs/ 7 comments

All around the nation, local, independent pharmacies are closing their doors. This has been happening for some years now, and many of you may have experienced it personally. Independent pharmacies are being squeezed out of business by big chain pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers, some of which don’t put patient care at the top of their priority list. What’s going on? How does it affect you? Family-owned Dexter Pharmacy closes

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Health Information for Emergency Responders

Betty Chaffee/ May 22, 2019/ Medication safety, Medication Therapy Management, Self management/ 3 comments

Emergency responders  — No one wants to need them, but we’re all glad they’re there for us when we do. In an emergency, first responders work fast to pinpoint the problem and begin treatment. Availability of accurate health information helps them to make good decisions, and make them quickly. But what do they do if the victim isn’t conscious, or isn’t able to give information? What if there’s no friend

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Medication Management – A Guide for Patients

Betty Chaffee/ May 9, 2019/ Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 7 comments

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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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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