| Posted On Sep 10, 2013 | By:

Making Sense of a Prescription Medicine Label

I admit it: there’s a lot of information packed onto a prescription medicine label.  It’s all appropriate and necessary information, but it can also be overwhelming and confusing to interpret the abbreviations and small print.  To add to the confusion, one pharmacy’s label may place information in a different location than another pharmacy’s label does, creating a frustrating game of “hide and seek.”

Understanding your medicine label gives you the power to take what’s inside correctly and protect your health.

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| Posted On Jan 02, 2013 | By:

Medication Safety: Doing Your Part

The pills your doctor prescribes for you may look like small, harmless tablets, but prescription medicines – if not used properly – can be very dangerous, even lethal. Mixing them with other prescription (or even over-the-counter) medications without first consulting your doctor can cause serious health problems. Drugs that are not taken for the purpose for which they were prescribed, or that are shared with others, are a significant cause of serious health complications in the United States,

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| Posted On Jul 06, 2011 | By:

Making your trip to the pharmacy a whole lot easier

Sometimes, a trip to your neighborhood pharmacy can end in frustration. You have to wait for your doctor’s office to send over your prescription. It finally arrives, but the pharmacy discovers they do not have your current insurance information on file. You present your insurance card, but you’re told it’s a different card for your prescription coverage. Without that card, they require you to pay full price if you want to get your prescription right away.

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| Posted On Apr 20, 2011 | By:

Safe, Proper Medication Disposal

As we mentioned in a recent blog post about medication safety, unused medications, whether expired or simply no longer needed, should be disposed of to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands (or paws).

But how do you get rid of those medications? If you wash them down the drain or flush them away, they get into the water system.  Too much medication disposed of this way can be harmful to the environment.

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| Posted On Mar 21, 2011 | By:

Medication Safety at Home

Recently, a number of factors have led to a fairly rapid rise in serious and fatal medication errors occurring in the home.  As our population ages and more and more people are taking multiple medications, studies suggest that many errors are directly related to combining prescription medications from different health care providers who were unaware of all the medications – including over the counter medications and herbal or vitamin supplements – being taken by patients. 

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