Category: Pharmacy

Dark Side of Prescription Drugs

An Invisible Epidemic
A great deal has been written about alcoholism and drug addiction over the last two decades. However, information regarding prescription drug abuse and addiction only seems to surface when someone famous has a problem and needs treatment or dies.

Historically, prescription drug addiction has been the most underreported drug abuse problem in the nation( National Institute of Drug Abuse). It is also the least understood. Addiction to and withdrawal from prescription drugs can be more dangerous than other substances because of the insidious nature of these drugs.

Two types of the most commonly abused drugs are opioids and benzodiazepines. Opioids are generally used to control pain. Benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers, are used to manage anxiety. These drugs are prescribed for short-term use such as acute pain and anxiety that is in reaction to a specific event. They may also be prescribed for chronic pain or generalized anxiety.

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Discount Prescription Drug Plans

Major retail chain pharmacies are participating in these discount medication plans. The list includes: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Ekert and Walgreens. Make sure you double check that these stores are working with these discount benefits plans. Any individual with limited coverage or without any prescription drug coverage can benefit from a discount prescription benefit plan. Instead of paying full price for prescription drugs, members can save when they purchase their prescriptions.

People, who have insurance coverage, may still find these discount plans very useful as it can discount their prescription drugs not covered by their health plan. Members just show their card at a participating pharmacy and receive substantial discounts on their prescription drugs. Usually twenty-five percent on most brand names and up to fifty percent on most generics, it is that easy.

Drug costs are continuing to rise and are one of the fastest growing health care expenditures. It is …

Compounding Pharmacy

Today, customizing a medication, creating accommodating methods of drug dosages and providing other methods of dispensing drugs, are fundamental underpinnings of the role of compounding pharmacies. The goal is to provide a drug that fits the unique needs of a patient. Physicians may prescribe compounded medication for a patient with a unique health need that can include:

  • Used in the Veterinary profession for a change in the method of administration, a change in dosage, and to make it more pleasant tasting for the animal.
  • Patients having the need of medicines that require a certain dosage not available in regular mass produced forms. An example would be a small dosage strength such as an infant who requires a tiny dose of a particular medication.
  • Patients undergoing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy It is used as an alternative to synthetics for patients suffering from menopausal symptoms
  • Patients requiring allergen-free medications
  • Children who require

Pharmacy Drug Costs

So why work so hard to manage drug costs? Why not just use anything that comes to market or put everything on your formulary? The most important reason is patient safety. How can the pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and therapists keep track of EVERYTHING for every drug? It is just not feasible to track the proper dosage, dosage adjustments, side effects, administration technique, etc, for every drug. When the formulary has one or two drugs per class, there is less opportunity for error.

Another argument about drug cost management boils down to this: do you believe that there are unlimited or limited resources available for healthcare? At some point, there are limitations on resources. As such, the pharmacy needs to be the best stewards of drug costs that it can be. Besides, in practice, who else is going to do it? The physician? The nurse? The truth is that managing the …

Golden Flax Seed

Golden flax seed has definitely taken over as the most prominent consumer flax seed. So widely consumed by humans it has put brown flax seed in a position to be thought of as only animal feed. Brown flax seed however is every bit as nutritious and safe for human consumption as golden flax seed. Both contain the same proteins, lignans, fatty acids and the same amount of fiber. What golden flax seed has that brown does not is a very desirable nutty taste. The golden flax seed can enhance the flavor of a salad, yogurt or just about any other food that could use some topping.

Golden flax seed oil brings the same delicious nutty flavor and is a great healthy substitute for olive oil.

Reason number two for golden flax seed being so widely consumed is the fact that it is so readily available in certified organic form. The …

Echinacea helps the immune system

Echinacea is one of the oldest and popular herbal supplements in the world. Echinacea is a Native American plant that is a natural fighter. It is categorized as an immunostimulant, which is a substance that is known to boost a body’s immune system.

How does your immune system work?

White blood cells are part of the body’s cells that make up the immune system. These are the body’s first line of defense. If a flu virus enters an individual’s body and begins to multiple, the white blood cells calls in for help from the T-lymphocytes, and also they can get help from lymphocytes. All these working together allow the body to destroy the viruses that have invaded it.

Echinacea works differently from other treatments. It works directly, killing the germ by strengthening an individual’s immune system. There is evidence that Echinacea stimulates the body into producing more white blood cells. …

Online Pharmacy Drugs

If you are unable to find the exact medicine in your prescription, you need to visit the pharmacy, or you need to fill the form and send the prescription through the Email. Nowadays, the rules and regulations for mailing the drug are so hectic work. However, these online stores will mail you your prescription drugs as an easy task.

There are lots of esteemed online pharmacy web sites are providing the services to their loyal customers in a professional way. For these services, you need to fill the form with your name, mailing address and doctors prescription information. After that you need to finalize the order, you need to select the payment mode or medical plans using. You need to pay the amount either online, or you have to visit the original store to complete the process for payment depends upon the stores you have selected.

There are lots of …

Gimme The Grease

There is an abundance of scientific data to support the health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish oils, from oily fish such as salmon, and of course, good quality (non rancid) fish oil supplements.

General omega 3 benefits include:

  • protecting against cardiovascular disease and improving heart health
  • improving joint health
  • improving moods and behaviour, including ADHD
  • good development of the fetus during pregnancy
  • the inhibition of some cancer cells

The Omega 3 Benefits For Heart health

The omega 3 benefits for heart health have been well documented. The Food Standards Agency and the British Nutrition Foundation recommend that people eat 2 servings of fish a week, one being an oily fish like salmon that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

A small study of 18 white men, from ages 68 onwards, who had a heart attack from 3 months to 5 …