October 21: National Check Your Meds Day

October 21 is National Check Your Meds Day. According to the CDC, 48.9% of the US population has used at least one prescription drug in the last 30 days.  Check out these resources from Consumer Reports: Guide: CR Best Drugs for Less Too Many Meds? America’s Love Affair with Prescription Medication Who Really Needs Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Drugs Some... Read More

What Pharmacists Want You to Know about Your Prescription Medications

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From a recent WTOP article, here are some tips from DMV-area pharmacists: If you engage in pill-splitting to save money, make sure your medications are appropriate for splitting.  Splitting tablets is OK if they are scored down the middle, but splitting extended-release pills and capsules interferes with the coating. Drinking plenty of water when taking pills to make sure they go... Read More

Shuffling Along the Cost: EpiPen

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Shuffling Along the Cost: EpiPen You may have heard about the latest crisis in rising healthcare costs: EpiPens.  The cost of a two-pack of EpiPens has increased 450 times since 2004 to its current price of $600. (source) What are EpiPens? They are a patented injection delivery system for epinephrine, meant to stop anaphylaxis from killing a person who’s... Read More

Shocker! Exercise Helps Prevent Lower Back Pain

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Shocker! Exercise Helps Prevent Lower Back Pain (Source)   Have lower back pain?  Movement is the best prevention, researchers advised in a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  The study went on to find that special insoles and belts have little effect on back pain.   Lead author Daniel Steffens of the University of Sydney in Australia explained why... Read More