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February 5, 2016

Today is National Wear Red Day

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In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to: cardiovascular disease.

For more information on National Wear Red Day and what you can do to support the cause, and find out how to lower your risk of heart disease, please visit: Go Red For Women

 

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February 1, 2016

February is Heart Month

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And no, I’m not just talking about Valentine’s Day! Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body, making sure that oxygen-rich blood is delivered to where it is needed to make sure you have your energy to go about your daily activities and binge-watch your favorite Netflix Show. It is important to take care of your heart, so of course there is an entire month dedicated to raising awareness for the heart.

Cardiovascular disease — including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure — is responsible for one out of every three deaths. It is the No. 1 killer of American women and men, and it is a leading cause of serious illness and disability. This American Heart Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts®–a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017–are encouraging Americans to know their blood pressure, and if it’s high, to make control their goal.

High blood pressure often shows no signs or symptoms, which is why having your blood pressure checked regularly is important. It’s easy to get your blood pressure checked. You can get screened at your doctor’s office, at our pharmacy, or even check it yourself at home. and drugstores or even check it yourself at home, using a home blood pressure monitor.

More information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

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January 13, 2016

Shingles Vaccination

January 13, 2016 | By | No Comments

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A new year brings lots of new experiences. Don’t let one of those experiences be shingles. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, make it your New Year’s Resolution to get your Shingles vaccination (and sooner rather than later).

Come by and ask one of our pharmacists if you are eligible to receive a shingles vaccination, now available without a prescription!

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January 8, 2016

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and, of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer. Over the last 30 years, due to increased screening and awareness, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50%.   The American Social Health Association (ASHA) and the National Cervical Cancer Coalition have named January Cervical Health Awareness Month to encourage women across the country to get screened for cervical cancer and receive the human papilomavirus (HPV) vaccine, if they are eligible. 

The best way to find cervical cancer early is to have regular screening with a Pap test (which may be combined with a test for human papilloma virus or HPV). As Pap testing became routine in this country during the past half century, finding pre-invasive lesions (pre-cancers) of the cervix became far more common than finding invasive cancer. Being alert to any signs and symptoms of cervical cancer can also help avoid unnecessary delays in diagnosis. Early detection greatly improves the chances of successful treatment and prevents any early cervical cell changes from becoming cancerous.

For more information, visit http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervicalcancer/index

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December 18, 2015

Happy Holidays

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Everyone here at Union Medical Pharmacy wishes you and your families a very happy holiday season and a very blessed new year. 

 

Please keep in mind our holiday hours for this year:

Thursday, December 24th: 8am – 2pm
Friday, December 25th: CLOSED
Saturday, December 26th: Regular Hours
Thursday December 31st, 8am – 5pm
Friday, January 1st: CLOSED
Saturday, January 2nd: Regular Hours

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December 18, 2015

Resident Presents Project Plans at ASHP Midyear

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Each December, thousands of pharmacists gather together the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in order to share the latest and greatest information related to the pharmacy world. The Midyear Clinical Meeting is also home to one of the biggest gatherings of pharmacy residents, where residents present findings on their respective residency projects.

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Dr. Belousova with her poster at the 2015 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

As you may or may not know, Union Medical Pharmacy has recently started a pharmacy residency program, aimed at focusing on the development of skills necessary for the resident to be a competent pharmacist in all areas of care.  This year’s resident, Vicky Belousova, presented a poster on her Residency Project, entitled “Sustainability of a Pharmacist Driven, Practice-embedded Medication Management Service ” on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015.

The project will focus on not only improving the care of those individuals with hypertension and diabetes, but also generating a sustainability model, which could allow for reimbursement strategies for pharmacists providing these necessary services.

For more information about the project or the residency program, feel free to contact us.

 

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October 1, 2015

October is American Pharmacists Month

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October is American Pharmacist Month! A month dedicated to promoting the public knowledge about pharmacists as medication experts and being integral members of the healthcare team. We are one of the nation’s most trusted professions (actually we are #2) and are the most accessible healthcare professionals. We make sure that the medications you are getting are not only safe and effective, but are also affordable.

Be sure to thank your pharmacists for all that they do for you and your well being.

Know your medicine, know your pharmacist!

 

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September 25, 2015

Flu Shots Are Here!

September 25, 2015 | By | No Comments

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We are pleased to announce that we are now offering this year’s Influenza Vaccination for all adults 18 years of age and older during normal working hours.

We know that you may be busy during the week, so in additional to our normal services, we will be offering weekend vaccinations to all adults over the age of 18, every Saturday from September 26 – October 31 from am – 2 pm. 

We hope to see you (and a friend) there!

 

 

 

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September 22, 2015

Annual Drug Take Back Event

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The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

This year’s Drug Take-Back Day is going to be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015. 

There are many areas throughout the Buffalo region that will be participating; Union Medical Pharmacy pharmacists will be on site at the West Seneca Senior Community Center to help collect medications from 10am – 2pm. So come on by and dispose of your old medications safely and confidentially!

Other areas where this event is taking place include the Botanical Gardens and the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center.

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September 22, 2015

Common Misconceptions about the Influenza Vaccine

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Influenza season is coming, and we at Union Medical Pharmacy want you to be protected by getting the flu shot. We will let you know when we will begin offering this year’s influenza vaccination within the next few weeks. 

Even though many people get the vaccine annually, there are still people who will not get the vaccine because of several misconceptions and we are here to address some of the most common types of misconceptions.

Misconception 1: I don’t want to get a flu shot because I get the flu after being vaccinated.

Whether you get the intranasal or intramuscular vaccines, it is impossible for you to develop the flu from the actual vaccine. This is because the viral particles are either inactivated (dead) or attenuated (weakened), meaning that they are not capable of making you sick, but are capable of causing your immune system to create “soldiers” against the viral particles. If you become infected with the flu virus, these “soldiers” are able to fight the infection and prevent you from becoming sick.

Many people often view some of the side effects of the vaccine (soreness, redness, swelling where the shot was given, low grade fever, etc) as being a sign that they are developing the flu, but these are just signs that the vaccine is working in your body.

Some people may develop actual symptoms of the flu (fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, congestion, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue) shortly after receiving the flu shot, but this is not due to the vaccine! It takes roughly 2 weeks for you to be fully protected, so if you were infected before the vaccine was effective you would go on to have the flu. This is why it is very important to get vaccinated before the “flu season” actually starts.

Misconception 2: I don’t need to get a flu shot because (1) I got one last year (2) I never get sick. 

It is important to get a new flu shot every year for several reasons. First of all, the viruses that can cause the flu change yearly, meaning that the protection you received from the vaccine last year may not be effective for this new year. Second of all, the protection you received from your flu shot tends tends to last only through the end of the current flu season, meaning that you are no longer protected against those viruses in the next season.

Even if you have never gotten sick, it is important to get a flu shot because of the serious complications that are associated with the infection. The older you are, the greater your chance for these complications, which can include pneumonia, dehydration, ear and sinus infections, hospitalizations, and worsening chronic conditions such as asthma, heart failure, and diabetes.

Misconception 3: I don’t want to get the vaccine because I heard there was mercury in the vaccines.

Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound that used to be added to vaccines as a preservative to help prevent contamination of the vaccine with harmful microbes. However, over the past few years, this preservative has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines. Multiple safety studies have been conducted on these vaccines and all have positive safety results, so there is no need to fear.

Hopefully these have addressed some of the concerns you may have had. If you still have a concern, feel free to contact us!

References:

  1. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#t1
  2. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm