It may seem hard to imagine, but until recently, community pharmacists were prevented by contract from telling consumers if it would be cheaper to pay out of pocket for prescriptions than to bill them to their insurance. In late 2018, Congress passed a series of “Gag Clause Laws” that now permit pharmacists to tell a patient about prescription price differences.
It's hard to believe it, but back-to-school season is here. As you prepare your child for another school year, remember that in addition to any new backpacks, notebooks and shoes, your growing student will need some essentials for their health as well. Below are a few things to get your child started off on the right track.
With the warm weather, you’ll likely be spending more time outdoors. Whether it’s picnics, hiking, camping, or just a stroll outside, you’ll need to be cautious about protecting yourself from bug bites, especially the diseases that can be transmitted from these bites.
Now that tick numbers are at their peak, these bugs may hitch onto you when you’re outside playing, hiking, and enjoying the day. Your loving pet may also unknowingly pick a tick up and deliver it to you.
Did you know that Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control?
During Poison Prevention week each March, the nation’s spotlight turns to focusing on poisonings and how we can best prevent them. While this issue is one that is ever present, you might be astonished to know that social media is helping dangerous trends to continue. For example, a recent “Tide Pod Challenge” finds teens accepting dares to chew laundry packets and share the experience on social media. Clearly, this could lead to poisoning. Additionally, a few years ago, there was concern about Tide Pods being confused by toddlers for candy. These two examples could be followed by many more, and remind us that all age groups are at risk, not just small children.
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.
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