Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Dealing with food allergies and how your pharmacy can help.

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Intercropping and Food Allergies

Yesterday I discovered intercropping.

Intercropping is when two or more crops are planted in close proximity in order to increase the yield of the land. Early crops could be planted with late crops, tall plants paired with short, more heat sensitive, and so on.

Corn, pole beans and squash are examples of classic Native American intercropping. There is a science to intercropping that is beyond me and honestly it’s a very interesting solution to multiple dilemmas.

What I learned was that intercropping may add a dimension to food allergies and food ingredient disclosures that I had never considered…

 

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Why Egg Allergies, Flu Shots, ACIP, and Retail Pharmacies Don’t Mix.

You may have seen that the CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated/changed their guidelines on patient’s with egg allergy.  Here is a brief overview of the new recommendations or click the link to read them on the CDC’s website:

1. They no longer recommend a 30 min observation period after receiving the vaccine for egg allergic patients.
2. The vaccine can be administered in an inpatient or outpatient medical setting (which does not exclude retail pharmacy locations).

3. Any vaccine may be used so long as it is appropriate for age and health status.

4.  Patients who have a reaction more severe than hives such as respiratory distress, recurrent vomiting, etc. OR  who required epinephrine or “other emergency medicine intervention” may be given the vaccine in an outpatient setting by a medical professional trained to recognize and manage severe allergic reaction.

5.  Severe reaction to a previous vaccine is a contraindication for receiving future vaccines.

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How “EPIGATE” opened the door for more Big Pharma scrutiny

I should have posted this a while ago but became side tracked with my Food Free Trunk or Treat events.  I still feel it is pertinent although a bit late; the level of sarcasm is strong with this one…

As we know, Mylan has agreed to pay $465 Million as part of a Department of Justice Settlement for wrongly classifying EpiPen as a generic product.  The generic classification allowed the company to pay substantially less in Medicare/Medicaid rebates:  “Drugmakers are required by law to pay rebates for sales to patients insured by Medicaid, which is funded jointly by states and the federal government. By classifying EpiPen as a generic, Mylan paid a smaller rebate of 13%, or about $163 million, when it should have been paying a 23% or higher rebate for brand-name drugs, Mr. Slavitt wrote” as noted in the WSJ.   It’s too bad the average American consumer isn’t privy to those lucrative rebates–but I digress.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D.-Minn.) described the mis-classification as an “outrage.”  And yes, we should be outraged…but not solely at Mylan.

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#EPIGATE

#EPIGATE has taken the media and the allergy community by storm over the last week. Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan, discussed the “broken system” on CNBC yesterday. We all know that the price of EpiPen is outrageous. But why? Is it all Mylan’s fault?

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The Fenugreek-Peanut Link

I recently had a bit of info on Fenugreek brought to my attention via the Facebook page; so I decided to do a little digging. The “little digging”  turned into something a bit bigger… Continue reading

Truth and Resolutions

Happy New Year!!

I want this year to be a year of transformation. I have resolved to be a healthier version of myself (focusing a bit more on me for a change–specifically health wise) and I have resolved to be a better advocate.

To be honest, I don’t like to write. I’m not a writer; heck I don’t even consider myself a blogger. Continue reading

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

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