Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Dealing with food allergies and how your pharmacy can help.

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Pharmacy Basics: The Vocabulary of Payment

In the pharmacy we notice that people become very confused when it comes to the language health care providers use when discussing payment. Hopefully this post will help clear up some confusion… Continue reading

The AWESOME patient assistance site that no one knows about

Ok, well,  some people already knew.

I was amazed today–amazed at a website that can help so many people BUT not one single pharmacist that I speak with on a regular basis had even heard of.  How does this happen?  Seriously, HOW? 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

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

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

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

Unsung Heroes of the Baby Shower

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I have been invited to my cousin’s baby shower this weekend which got me thinking about my standard baby shower gifts. These gifts are partially influenced by my pharmacy background but, more so, by my son E.

I remember one brutal night before my son turned one. He began vomiting and I freaked out, just a little. Ok a lot. And even though I had been a pharmacist for years, I called my Mommy.   Continue reading

Pharmacy Basics: DAW codes

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I am finishing up a week of vacation but I didn’t want to miss a week on the blog. Plus, a little alone time was much needed.

We have established that the Orange Book is a fun read, but you can bypass it by using DAW codes. DAW or Dispense as Written codes are codes that specify that a particular brand or manufacturer must be dispensed without substitutions.

There are two DAW codes that I believe are most important for our food allergy discussions/issues: DAW 1 and DAW 2.   Continue reading

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