Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Dealing with food allergies and how your pharmacy can help.

Author: FoodAllergyPharmacist (page 2 of 3)

Bottom of the Barrel

While traveling with E and A today, I visited one of Cracker Barrel‘s 600 locations.   E has never eaten at the Cracker Barrel but since so many restaurants have embraced the challenges of providing for allergic customers I thought I would give it a go. Welp…a half hour (and 3 bathroom breaks with a potty training 3 year old) later, we left with empty bellies, frustration, and PICTURES. Continue reading

Best Bang for Your Medication Bucks: Part 3

Part three of the series will focus on how the pharmacy can help you navigate and negotiate the best medication price and situation for you. Continue reading

Best Bang for Your Medication Bucks : Part 2

Part two in the series will focus on discount cards, manufacturer coupons, and online sites for patient assistance. Continue reading

Best Bang For Your Medication Bucks: Part 1

“How can I save money while still treating/controlling my medical issues?”

This is a question that every pharmacist has encountered and almost every patient has pondered. Cost is not everything, but if patients can’t afford the medication, they won’t buy it. Price is always a factor to consider.   Continue reading

Influenza Vaccine Chart 2014-2015

Much thanks to Andrea Brookhart, PharmD and her colleagues, pharmacy residents MacKenzie VonCanon, PharmD and Hannah Kuhn, PharmD for allowing me to use their awesome chart! There is also a link to a printable version at the bottom of the page.  These are the vaccines that will be found at most local retail pharmacy locations. Continue reading

Teal Pumpkin Project

As my family made our teal pumpkins this weekend I began thinking about how the Teal Pumpkin Project can (and will) help more than just people with food allergies… Continue reading

Influenza Questions Answered

This is a quick run down of some of the most frequent questions I am asked about the “flu” vaccine. Continue reading

The Food Allergy Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (or your everyday power outage)

I bet you’ve discussed, at one time or another, what to do in case of the Zombie Apocalypse. If not, I suggest you find someone and do so immediately! I’ll wait.

[I’m assuming you are returning 30 minutes later if, in fact, you had never done this. If not, I assume you are skipping very quickly to the next part.]

When you thought about your Zombie Apocalypse/Mayan Calendar End of Times prepping, did you think of all the things you might need to do for the food allergic individual in your life? It’s one aspect most zombie movies/end of the the modern era films, books, and television shows don’t address.   But we, the food allergy community, need to  “Doomsday” prep for the everyday mishaps. And, hey, you’re already doing some of it! What do I mean? Let’s go back to elementary school and the 5 Ws: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and that sneaky, pesky, essential H–How. Continue reading

Head Lice, Star Wars, and Food Allergies?

School has started again. That means homework, packing lunches, after school sports, and the crud. In the retail pharmacy world, we see a flood of prescriptions about 3-5 weeks after school starts; children come down with everything from ear infections, strep throat, and bronchitis, to head lice.  That may be why September is “Head Lice Prevention Month”.

The scenario starts by receiving the dreaded letter from the school nurse. A kid in your child’s class has lice. Duh, duh, duuuh. I remember that note coming home when I was in elementary school. My mom sat my little second grade, Food Allergy Pharmacist self on a dining room chair and began to explore hair and scalp. Maybe I have been slightly traumatized (thanks Mom), but I clearly remember my mother, who had never seen a louse before, totally FREAK OUT. I had lice (insert the “Imperial March” music aka Darth Vader’s theme song).  My head is itching just typing this post. Continue reading

Are you pregnant with an allergic child?

Normally, I try to give advice that combines the benefits of my education, work experience, and living with food allergies, but today I want to talk about a frustration I have with a gap in medical knowledge and what appears to be a gap in medical research.

I recently read about a study conducted at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Victoria, Australia. The study’s preliminary findings indicate that children may develop allergies in utero. Continue reading

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