What Is A Prior Authorization?

What Is A Prior Authorization?

Picture This: You’ve just finished an appointment with your doctor – an appointment you had to make 3 months in advance. She’s just given you a prescription for your eczema. The prescription is for a medication that you’ve never had before (but you’re pretty sure you’ve seen a commercial for it on TV). It feels…

How to Prepare for Springtime Allergies

How to Prepare for Springtime Allergies

What are allergies/why do people have allergies? Everyone is familiar with allergies. Constant sneezing. Nasal congestion. That awful runny and itchy nose… who can forget symptoms like those? Most people don’t know that allergies are actually our bodies overreacting to something that it normally wouldn’t (or shouldn’t). Our bodies and immune systems fight back against…

A Guide to Taking Your Medications on Vacation!

A Guide to Taking Your Medications on Vacation!

Spring is just around the corner, or so the warmer weather tells me. Spring is the first ‘break’ of the year, and many people go on sunny, tropical vacations. Medications seem to be the last thing on many people’s list of stuff to bring with them on vacation, and often get left at home. While…

Common Health Myths: Colds & the Flu

Common Health Myths: Colds & the Flu

Now that we are finally in February (and past that nasty Polar Vortex!), March and springtime are just around the corner. With most of the cold winter months behind us, it can be easy to let down our guard when it comes to avoiding the cold and flu. According to the CDC, however, flu season…

Do Fad Diets Work? A Pharmacist’s Take

Do Fad Diets Work? A Pharmacist’s Take

One popular theme New Year’s Resolutions are centered around is the desire to lose weight.  Every new year sees gym memberships spike, with many people looking at the newest, ‘best’ diet to help them lose weight and become healthier. It’s all too easy to fall into the trap set by one of those popular “fad…

New Year’s Resolutions from Your Pharmacist

New Year’s Resolutions from Your Pharmacist

That time of year is here again—the time when people start thinking about what they want to change for the new year. Two of the most common New Year’s resolutions people make each year focus on the desire to save money and lose weight/get in shape. These resolutions sound great; who wouldn’t want to achieve…

Behind the Scenes: What Does a Pharmacist Do?

Behind the Scenes: What Does a Pharmacist Do?

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living and hear that I’m a pharmacist, the follow up is what do I do all day besides “putting pills in a bottle.” I completely understand why people ask this question. Before I got into pharmacy, I thought all that happened behind the counter was pill-counting…

What You Need to Know About Diabetes

What You Need to Know About Diabetes

Does it seem like you’ve heard diabetes being mentioned more than usual? This is because diabetes is quickly becoming a priority healthcare concern in the United States. Although the CDC currently lists it as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, studies show that deaths from diabetes may be underreported. Diabetes may…

How to Save Money on Your Prescriptions

How to Save Money on Your Prescriptions

You’ve probably seen news stories about how drug companies keep increasing the prices on their medications. In many states, insurance companies can change their formularies and what medications they cover at any time, without informing patients. Imagine: Your doctor just prescribed you an expensive medication, and you’re not sure you can afford it. What can…

Oswald’s Quick Reference Guide: Vitamins A-D

Oswald’s Quick Reference Guide: Vitamins A-D

We often have patients drop by the pharmacy to ask us questions about how much of a certain vitamin they need to stay healthy.  There are so many different choices when it comes to vitamins and doses, which can make it confusing to choose what is right for you. With that in mind, I want…

Cholesterol Education Month 2018

Cholesterol Education Month 2018

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, with World Heart Day falling on September 29th. This makes September the perfect time to talk about heart health and how to control and lower cholesterol levels. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is produced by your liver and used by your body as a building…

The Importance of Flu Shots

The Importance of Flu Shots

Did you know that only 43% of adults 18 or older got their flu shot during the 2016-2017 flu season? 1 Why Does Getting a Flu Shot Matter? Every year, thousands of adults in the United States experience health problems and are hospitalized due to diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, including seasonal influenza…