Pharmacists are the Medication Experts on YOUR Healthcare Team!
Click here to watch a video that explains the critical role the pharmacists plays in your healthcare!
A Call to Action: Melanoma and Skin Cancer
RADM Giberson (Scott) taped a short segment for pharmacists on the recently released Call to Action on Skin Cancer.
Are Your Patients Using their Inhalers Correctly?
According to the American Lung Association, COPD (congestive obstructive pulmonary disease) is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. It affects around 13 million patients. Add to this the fact that around 45,000 people have an asthma attack every day, and we can quickly see that the need for effective treatments is critical. There are many ways to medically approach these conditions. But one of the most important advances in modern medical science is the development of inhalers, sometimes referred to as Metered Dose Inhalers (or MDI’s) and nebulizer therapies. A few examples of such inhalers include (in no particular order) Proair, Proventil HFA, Advair, Symbicort, Flovent HFA, Asmanex, Foradil and Qvar. Do you use one of these? The CPA would like to introduce you to an education website that you can share with your patients: www.use-inhalers.com. This offers free inhaler training videos. With 75% of all people using inhalers incorrectly, this is a handy tool for pharmacists to use to refer patients on how to use their inhalers.
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.
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Proper Disposal of Medications: What should you know?
Although medications are important in treating diseases and saving lives, it is of important to learn how to properly dispose of them when they are no longer necessary.
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Online Resources for Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse
Pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma L.P. developed RxSafetyMatters.org as online resource to help healthcare professionals, law enforcement personnel, and families and communities learn more about the dangers of illegal trafficking and abuse of prescription medications. The site provides information on programs and resources designed to help deter medication misuse and abuse.
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Are you aware of prescription drug abuse? AwareRx.org is an online resource that helps healthcare professionals, students, corporations, and families and communities to get informed about the recent data of prescription drug abuse, the deadly consequences, and ways of preventing abuse and misuse of medications.
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Hand Hygiene Saves Lives
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.
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Connecticut Poison Control Center (CCPC)
Connecticut Poison Control Center privdes emergency poison information to members of the public whose loved ones are exposed to toxic substances, and to the health care professionals who care for them.
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