Did you remember to take your blood pressure pill this morning? Well if you didn’t, you’re not the only person who has missed a dose or two of a prescribed medication. Maybe you’ve stopped taking that antibiotic because you were feeling better after a few days, or it upset your stomach.
Seven out of 10 Americans are prescribed at least one prescription medication. But how many of them actually take the medication that they are prescribed every day? One report showed that out of every 100 prescriptions written, only 48 to 66 are picked up from the pharmacy, 25 to 30 are taken properly, and only 15 to 20 are refilled as prescribed. Another study showed that 75% of patients were non-adherent to their medication regimen. Taking your medications is important to your health. Not taking medications as prescribed can lead to hospital admissions, recurrent infections, and unmanaged health conditions.
Shingrix, the new shingles vaccine, is now available at Gatti Pharmacy. This vaccine is recommended by the CDC for longer lasting protecting against shingles. Here's what you should know:
A Q&A adapted from Pharmacist's Letter website article December 2017
1. What’s this I hear about a new vaccine to prevent shingles?
There are now two zoster vaccines to prevent shingles, Zostavax, which has been on the market for a number of years and contains live zoster, and the new zoster vaccine, Shingrix, which is an inactivated shingles vaccines. The Shingrix vaccine contains no live virus, an important distinction from the Zostavax vaccine.
How low should your blood pressure be? Recently, The American College of Cardiology and the
American Heart Association released updated blood pressure guidelines. While they focus on a
personalized approach to managing blood pressure, many more Americans will now qualify as
having hypertension, or high blood pressure, due to the lowering of blood pressure goals.
As cliche as it may be, fitness resolutions are still among the top of the list each year. And although many reports state people give up on these goals by February, StatisticBrain.com noted in their 2017 New Year's Resolutions poll results that those who do make resolutions are actually 10 times more likely to reach their goals than those who don't make any at all.
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.
The Gatti Team
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