By: Felicia Snyder, PharmD candidate 2018
“What medications do you take at home?”
This is one of many questions that is asked of us when visiting an emergency room, urgent care center, or even a new doctor’s office; yet many individuals may not be able to answer it. Being able to accurately answer this question, along with the follow-up questions regarding strengths and how often it is taken, can be vital for proper care and prevention of medical errors. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine looked at 651 patients being admitted into the hospital and found that 35.9% experienced medication errors. Of these errors, 85% originated in medication histories that were inaccurate or missing.
INDIANA – In celebration of one year in their new location, Gatti Pharmacy will host a week-long event with daily giveaways and more from Monday, November 20th to Saturday, November 25th.
Now located at 1024 Philadelphia Street, Gatti Pharmacy will kick-off the official holiday season with a commemoration of their 2016 relocation.
Last month, as with every October, we celebrated American Pharmacists Month, which is a great reminder to have a medication review with one of our pharmacists. A medication review, or "check-up," can reduce your risk of drug interactions and side effects and help determine if you're taking anything that is unnecessary. Another major benefit of a medication check is that a pharmacist can help to determine if there are less expensive medications to treat your health concerns. As the medication experts, pharmacists are trained to carefully and thoroughly evaluate your medication-related issues. Then, we act as members of the healthcare team by communication with our other providers (and you!) to solve your problems.
Recently, experts from the USC Schaffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Harvard Medical School reported that most Americans don't seek out-of-pocket price information before receiving care. The survey of 3,000 adults shows that fewer than 1 in 7 patients had sought out-of-pocket cost information before their visit. Most surveyed, however, agreed that costs were an important factor when choosing a health care provider. The survey also showed that most did not think the more expensive providers gave better quality care. Additionally, an established relationship with a provider was a strong incentive to not comparison shop.
(Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
September signifies the beginning of fall and the start of a new school year. We can also make it a time to start incorporating healthy habits into our daily routine. September is National Child Obesity Awareness Month, which means it’s also a perfect opportunity for families to think of new ways to keep themselves healthy. Here are some ways you and your family can enhance your health and well-being this fall:
The Gatti Team
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