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February 10, 2017

Medicine On Time

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Did you know there are products to help you and your loved ones take your medication how and when you are supposed to?

Clean and neat

Organized and portable

Ask our staff how we can help.

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October 24, 2016

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14813289_10154589212605883_270347261_oDEA Drug Take Back Event – West Seneca Senior Canter

October 22, 2016

Union Medical Pharmacists Greg and Mary Lou Notaro with pharmacy students from The University at Buffalo and D’Youville Schools of Pharmacy

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June 2, 2016

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May 12, 2016

2016 Asthma And Allergy Awareness Month

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May is selected to be National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month because it is peak season for allergy and asthma sufferers.  Asthma and allergies go hand in hand, because many times, an allergy may head to an asthma attack. 

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term lung disease that causes inflammation and narrowing of a person’s airways, making it difficult to breathe. Asthma symptoms affect roughly 26 million americans and is one of the leading causes of absences from work and school. 

Asthma can be classified as either being allergic (symptoms are caused by exposure to an allergen) or nonallergic (symptoms are caused by stress, exercise, or irritants). Regardless of the classification, all patients with asthma have the following classic symptoms: coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing. 

All of these symptoms may be managed and controlled through proper medication use. 

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. This reaction could cause coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and a scratchy throat. In severe cases, it can cause rashes, hives, and even asthma attacks. 

There are many different types of allergens, including pollen, spores, animal dander, foods, medications, latex, and even insects. 

Want more information? Visit the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s Website or ask one of our pharmacists. 

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May 4, 2016

2016 American Stroke Month

May 4, 2016 | By | No Comments

May is American Stroke Month, an event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to raise awareness about strokes.

What is a stroke?

A stroke affects the arteries leading to and within the brain and occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot (called an ischemic stroke) or bursts/ruptures (called a hemorrhagic stroke). When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen that it needs, so brain cells die.

Because of this, it is extremely important to be able to recognize a stroke a quickly as possible and contact medical professionals to help your loved ones survive a stroke.

Spotting a stroke can be simple, just think F.A.S.T! This acronym should help you recognize the warning signs of stroke and direct you to calling 911.

Once medical professionals have arrived, they will get to work in order to bring your loved one to a hospital for proper treatment.

Now that you know the signs of a stroke, let’s talk about how to prevent one, because no one wants to have a stroke.

  • Stroke risk increases with age, but young adults, children, and even unborn babies can suffer stroke.
  • Stroke risk also increases if a parent, grandparent, brother, or sister has had a stroke
  • African Americans have a much higher risk of stroke than Caucasians
  • Women have more strokes then men
  • High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and is the most important risk factor for a stroke
  • Other risk factors that should be controlled and contribute to someone’s risk of stroke include:
    • Cigarette smoking
    • Untreated  diabetes
    • Artery disease
    • Atrial fibrillation
    • High cholesterol
    • Physical inactivity and obesity
    • Poor diet

Want to learn more? Visit the following websites which have more information about strokes, or talk to your primary care provider or pharmacist.

References:

American Heart Association and  American Stroke Association 

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May 2, 2016

West Seneca Drug Takeback Event Successful

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Yesterday, these five hardworking D’Youville Pharmacy students, local law enforcement, and volunteers participated in the DEA Drug Disposal Event. Together, we collected, sorted, and catalogued what I would estimate as at least 600 pounds of prescription and OTC drugs, syringes, and other products at the West Seneca location alone. Similar work was conducted throughout Western NY and across the country. T13133379_10205052837035458_5623262449854679621_nhese efforts aid in removing unneeded and sometimes dangerous items from homes while assuring that the medications are disposed of in a manner that protects our water supply.

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April 29, 2016

May is an important month for health awareness

April 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

We have been highlighting several diseases states and their associated awareness months and May is a jampacked month for health awareness.  May is American Stroke Awareness month, National Asthma and Allergy awareness month, Arthritis Awareness Month, High Blood Pressure Education Month, National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, and Ultraviolet (Skincare) Awareness Month.

In honor of this, we will be highlighting each of these over the next month, providing you with details about each of these  disease states as well as information on how to get involved in activities, so stay tuned!

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April 6, 2016

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March 28, 2016

E-Prescribing and You

March 28, 2016 | By | No Comments

You may have heard it all over the news lately, but E-Prescribing is now mandatory all over New York State. What does that mean?

In simple terms, all of your medications must now be sent over electronically by your healthcare provider to the pharmacy and you will no longer be given a paper copy of your prescription. There are some exceptions to this rule, and you can find them here.  Because this affects only healthcare providers and pharmacies, you should not see a change in the way you get your medications.

There are several benefits to E-prescribing, including improved patient safety through reduced medication errors due to handwritten prescriptions and misunderstood phoned-in prescriptions and less risk of lost or misplaced written prescriptions.

Next time you go to your health care provider’s office, be sure to give them updated information about your pharmacy, so that the prescription can get to the right place.

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March 21, 2016

National Poison Prevention Week

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More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the leading causes of death among adults.

National Poison Prevention Week, the third week in March each year, is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. However, every day people can and do prevent poisonings.

During Poison Prevention Week, consumers are urged to ask a question, share a story, or simply follow the Twitter conversation by using #PreventPoison or #NPPW16. The PPWC will share poison-related data, images, information, and videos on topics ranging from child safety to medication safety. Consumers can follow the PPWC on Twitter (@PreventPoison) and also like and follow along with the Council’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Poison-Prevention-Week-Council- 311432602245411/).

For additional information about poison prevention, visit the Poison Prevention Week Council’s website at www.poisonprevention.org or on Twitter @PreventPoison. Individuals and organizations that would like to follow social media content pertaining to National Poison Prevention Week should use and search for the hashtags #PreventPoison or #NPPW16.

 

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