Why Do I Need Folic Acid When I’m Taking Methotrexate?

If you’ve been prescribed methotrexate, then it’s very likely your doctor has also prescribed folic acid. You may be wondering why. Let’s talk about folic acid and why it is important to take while you are on methotrexate. What is methotrexate, and how does it work? Methotrexate (Rheumatrex) is in a class of medications called Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). They are drugs that can slow down the progression of rheumatoid arthritis to keep you better for longer.

COVID-19 or the Flu? Preparing for the Overlap

The upcoming flu season has many healthcare professionals especially worried this year. COVID-19 alone has stretched the healthcare system to its breaking point in many places, and it remains to be seen whether we will face another surge of infections during the peak of the flu season. To make matters worse, influenza and COVID-19 are both upper respiratory illnesses with similar presentations, and the possibility of co-infection further increases the chances of misdiagnosis.

Maximizing Your Pharmacy Switch

The pharmacy switch is the company that routes your claim, based on the BIN number and PCN number, to the correct insurance company, and then routes the response back to your pharmacy. It's kind of like the air traffic controller, directing incoming and outgoing traffic. This from McKesson does a great job visualizing what happens to a pharmacy claim after you hit 'Send.' Oftentimes, we don't give the switch much thought, but it's actually an important decision that can affect your bottomline.

Hazardous Drug Handling and Disposal in the Community Pharmacy Setting

In spite of longstanding guidelines in the handling of hazardous drugs (HD), healthcare worker exposure to HD persists. This course is designed to educate pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who work in the community pharmacy setting on proper hazardous drug (HD) handling and disposal. Join us to review relevant legislation and describe how to develop site specifc HD lists as well as effective policies and procedures. Key considerations in the safe receiving, storage, dispensing and disposal of HD, as well as appropriate response to exposure incidents will also be discussed.
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