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.
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.
(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:
In our world, we see a lot of issues with patients taking medications properly, also known as medication adherence. Frequently, mishaps happen due to not being able to keep track of what to take and when. This is something that individuals with chronic conditions who are on multiple medications struggle with the most.
By: Stephanie Smith Cooney, Gatti Pharmacy President
If thinking of all your New Year's resolutions is keeping you up at night, you're not alone. Insomnia is a common problem. Defined as trouble falling or staying asleep, it can cause trouble during the day too. Some conditions that cause or worsen insomnia are depression, anxiety, allergies, and pain. Poor sleep habits can also cause or worsen insomnia.
The Gatti Team
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