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How Healthcare Providers Can Overcome Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination

Although there are adequate supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, our vaccination rates are not nearly high enough to stop the pandemic. Until then, we’re at risk of surges in infection rates along with a higher possibility of new variants emerging. It is critical that we overcome the current vaccination plateau and work to increase vaccinations. In this post, we’ll look at ways we can overcome barriers to vaccinating the public.

OTCs vs. Dietary Supplements: What's the Difference?

In a recent post we talked about discussing the differences between brand and generic drugs with our patients. Perhaps equally important, but also less appreciated by many patients, is the difference between over-the-counter (OTC) medications and dietary supplements, which make up the majority of items stocked in pharmacies. In addition, they are often found next to each other on the shelves with similar labeling, making things even more confusing for patients.

What to Know About Pharmacy Technician-Administered Immunizations - GoodRx

The authority for pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations has come on fast. The first state to approve technician immunizations was Idaho in 2017, and other states have quickly followed suit. As pharmacists and also pharmacy technicians, we know that technician roles are expanding and technician-administered immunizations are here to stay. But most boards of pharmacy are not yet allowing technicians to independently administer vaccines.

Mental Health & Cardiovascular Disease: What's the Link?

Anxiety disorders are extremely common mental health disorder in the US, experienced by nearly 1 in 5 Americans in any year and nearly 1 in 3 Americans over the course of their lifetime. Symptoms are both emotional (eg, restlessness, irritability, feelings of apprehension) and physical (eg, tachycardia and shortness of breath, urinary frequency and diarrhea). Subtypes include GAD, social anxiety disorder, PD, and phobias.

SGLT2 Inhibitors: 4 Questions Go Back to Basics

The sodium glucose contransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2is) are a relatively new class of medications, less than 10-years-old; the first approval was for canagliflozin (Invokana) in 2013. Since then, they’ve become a mainstay of treatment for patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) including addition to professional society treatment algorithms; the SGLT2is also have demonstrated significant benefit in other health conditions in patients with and without T2D.

Behind the Scenes: Billing and Payment of COVID-19 Vaccines

The pandemic isn’t over. Even if your pharmacy hasn’t started giving COVID-19 vaccines yet, there is still plenty of opportunity to support this historic initiative. As of June 9, there were 140.44 million people fully vaccinated in the United States out of a total population of 328.2 million; 63.8% of adults have received at least one dose, and kids 12 and older are now able to receive the vaccine. In addition, it is very likely we are going to need boosters in the future, and pharmacies will be critical in that effort.

How to Discuss Brand vs. Generic Drugs With Your Patients

All of us who’ve been in practice for a while have taken care of patients who insist on either a branded product or a specific generic manufacturer for at least one of their medications. As pharmacists, it’s important not only to be on top of the differences and similarities between these, but also to communicate this information to patients in an effective way. Let’s explore ways we can discuss branded and generic products with our patients.

4 Side Gigs for Pharmacists

Since I started my side hustle in medical writing, I have come to realize that it is essential to diversify income sources. Few companies have all their revenue coming from one product, and virtually no investor would recommend having everything in just one type of investment. Yet many people are fine with all their income coming from one source. Even if you’re drawing a high salary, a layoff or an unforeseen situation where you are cut off from that income will result in earnings going to zero.

These 3 skills will open the doors to non-traditional pharmacy

When many pharmacists talk about developing their skills or advancing careers, they often talk about it within the context of clinical knowledge and skills: pursuing board certifications, moving into a more ‘clinical’ role (though I think it’s time to stop using that word), or taking certificate courses to enhance clinical knowledge. While these are all excellent pathways, in this post we’ll look at other, nonclinical career-enhancing skills that are often overlooked.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Floater, Staff Pharmacist, or Pharmacy Manager

In my first job out of school, I worked as a float pharmacist for a national chain and was fortunate to be in an amazing district, where I learned a lot and had great experiences in numerous stores. After about a year, I got the chance to pursue my dream and move to Hawaii, where I worked for about 8 months as a staff pharmacist at a long-term care pharmacy, and then later became its manager. I’ve managed a couple of different pharmacies since.
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