Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Dealing with food allergies and how your pharmacy can help.

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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

Short Dated Epinephrine

Homa Woodrum, over at her blog ohmadeeness,  recently posted that numerous people are receiving short dated Epipen® and Auvi-Q®. Short dating refers to an expiration date that will expire relatively soon. Getting a short dated medication is not always a negative experience since most medications will be consumed or otherwise used within 30 to 90 days. However, as needed, or PRN medications, should not be dispensed if short dated unless absolutely necessary such as in the event of a long-term manufacturer back order, emergency event, or if the patient absolutely needs the product immediately and cannot wait for an order to be placed. PRN medications include epinephrine, albuterol rescue inhalers, nitroglycerin, and others.   Continue reading

Epinephrine Auto-Injector Comparison Chart

 

Updated:  7/3/2016

Having multiple epinephrine auto-injectors (EAI) choices available is a wonderful thing for the patient/individual; not so much for the teacher or school nurse but that topic will need discussed in another post. EAI selection is a personal choice based on a number of factors: price, feel, perceived ease of use, size, etc. These preferences may change or evolve with time just as our lives change.   Continue reading

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