As a Sr. Clinical Pharmacist at Independence, I collaborate with my peers and Medicare associates to build and oversee our Medicare Part D benefit. I serve as a pharmacy reference for our provider community and also lead many different quality improvement efforts to help Independence enhance the health and well-being of our communities.
Pain management is serious business. Opioid medications — when given in the right dose and for the right length of time — provide significant relief from pain and can drastically improve a person’s quality of life.
In recent years, however, our nation has been in the grips of an opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...
Despite what Mary Poppins said, a spoonful of sugar may not be the best thing to take your medication with.
What you eat and drink can affect the way medications work — and medications can also change the way your body uses certain foods. These food-drug interactions can:
Prevent a medicine from working the way it should
Cause a side effect from a medicine to get worse
Cause a new side effect
But it’s not just food — alcohol,...
As a pharmacist, I’ve seen patients struggle with keeping a medication routine as prescribed by their doctor. In fact, a recent study found that nearly half of all Americans with chronic conditions don’t take their medication as directed, resulting in costly hospital bills, declining health, and medical complications.
But there are ways to stay on a prescribed schedule to keep your medications as effective as possible....