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National Pharmacist Day: Celebrating the Backbone of the Healthcare Industry

Where would healthcare be without pharmacists? In celebration of National Pharmacist Day, which was on January 12, it’s important that we highlight the great work pharmacists are doing to help advance the industry and provide quality care for the general population:

Improvement in population health

Over the years, pharmacists have played an integral role in helping manage the outcomes of chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. Most chronic diseases require long-term medications and high levels of adherence, making pharmacists a key contributor to the successful management of these diseases. To resolve the healthcare workforce shortages taking place across the country, pharmacists have stepped up to fill the gap and provide team-based care.

Combatting the rising cost of drug therapy

Drug prices have been on the rise since 2013 due to new FDA approvals, medication shortages and specialty therapies. The cost-effectiveness of pharmacists coupled with their impact on inpatient healthcare outcomes have helped healthcare teams reduce the average price and length of individuals’ hospital stay. As COVID-19 continues to have a massive impact on hospital pharmacy revenues, pharmacists can help contain costs while performing pharmacotherapeutic consultive services. 

Leading vaccination programming

Since the American Public Health Association identified pharmacists as an underutilized resource in 1981, community pharmacists have been working to administer vaccinations and assist in addressing other public health needs. Each state has expanded the pharmacy scope of practice to include vaccine administration, although details vary from state to state. In addition to administering FDA-approved COVID-19 tests, pharmacists are now allowed to order vaccine

supplies directly from the federal government and provide vaccinations to children above the age of three.

Pharmacists are among the most trusted healthcare professionals and are often accessible when other physician offices are closed. Like your community pharmacists, our team at Community Cares Rx takes your health seriously and wants to make the process of receiving access to your prescription medications easily and affordably. Sign up to receive a prescription discount card today and unlock a number of resources including online price comparison tools and pharmacy locators.

For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit www.communitycaresrx.com.

Be the Healthiest Version of You in 2022

2022 is not just a new yearbut a chance to start fresh. Whetheryou want toeat healthier, exercisemorefrequentlyor spendextratime with family and friends, now is the time to startimplementingproactive health measures and makingthis next year your bestoneyet. Here are fourpractices to help ensure you have a happy and healthy 2022: 

Prioritizeself-care 

Allow2022to bethe year that youput yourself first.Read a new book. Meditate more often. Get outside.Self-carehelpsyoucope with dailystressors;it isimportant tofind methods that work for youtoguarantee long-term physical and emotional health.  

Schedule your doctor’s visits 

You should be visiting your primary care provider each yearto receive a physical exam.Beproactive andschedule appointmentswith your dermatologist, eye doctor and dentist. Females shouldalsomeet with their gynecologiston a yearly basis. Getahead of the game andon your doctors’calendar now!  

Make an anti-resolution 

Instead of focusing on what you should be doing in the new year, try identifying what you shouldn’tbe doing.Anti-resolutionssingle outthe self-destructive behaviorsthatmakeyour life more difficult,helping youto becomespecific and smart about howtowork towardsbeingthe best version of yourselfin the future.  

Set your nutrition goals 

Ifyouwant topractice better nutrition and exercise more, tryimplementingsmall changesinto your daily routine to help youbuild and retain consistencyin your health journey.Followinga daily schedule is a greatfirst stepto makingsureyoueat balanced meals every four to five hours, includinghealthy carbohydrates,fatsand lean proteins. In addition,a schedule willencourageyou tofindoptimalperiods in the day for a quick walk, trip to the gym or a stretch break.  

Become a Community Cares Rx prescription discount cardholder today and get access to our online pharmacy locator, price comparison toolsand more in the new year.For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visithttps://www.communitycaresrx.com.

A Year in Recap: Health Advances Paving the Way Toward a Bright Future

The medical industry is continuously evolving, working to perfect the next new treatment or technological innovation that will transform the future of healthcare. While the world was consumed with the latest COVID-19 vaccine and treatment updates, the medical industry has been continuing to break boundaries in other areas. Here are three breakthroughs discovered this year that will continue to change the game in 2022: 

Advancement in Obesity Medication 

Semaglutide, the new obesity medication hitting shelves following the FDA’s approval in June, offers treatment to the 78 million Americans facing the risks of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions as a result of carrying excess weight. Semaglutide recipients lost nearly 15% of their body weight on average, proving this new medication is significantly more powerful than other obesity medications.  

 Smarter Pacemakers 

Pacemakers, technology that delivers electrical impulses to heart muscle chambers to prevent heart arrhythmias, are used by over 1 million patients. These devices are remotely monitored using Bluetooth technology. Now, patients are able to use this technology to link their pacemaker to smartphone-based apps that will help them better understand and utilize the devices. In addition, pacemakers have shrunk in size.  

Universal Hepatitis C Treatment 

Individuals who face hepatitis C, also known as the “silent epidemic,” face a number of serious risks including cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. While there are drugs available to treat the condition, they have been proven to be ineffective for certain genotypes or come with undesirable side effects. The FDA has approved a fixed-dose combination of drugs that is more than 90% effective in treating hepatitis C genotypes 1 to 6.  

At CommunityCaresRx, we pride ourselves on our ability to stay ahead of the industry curve and provide easy and affordable access to the prescription medications you need for the betterment of your health. For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit https://www.communitycaresrx.com 

 

  

The Best Ways to Keep the Sniffles at Bay: How to Survive the Upcoming Flu Season

Over the past decade, the flu has infected 9 to 41 million people each year. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. People who catch the flu often suffer from a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and more. Here are three ways that you can stay healthy this flu season:

Get the flu shot

One of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting sick is to get the flu vaccine. The vaccine contains deactivated flu viruses that teach your immune system to fight the virus before you come into contact with it. A flu shot will protect you against three to four flu strains and reduce your chance of getting the virus by 40% to 60%. If you catch the flu after getting the shot, the duration of your symptoms will be shorter.

 Wash Your Hands

The flu spreads through contact with droplets emitted when talking, coughing or sneezing. It can live on surfaces for hours. If you touch a door handle and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth, you are putting yourself at risk of infection. Avoid touching your face and wash your hands with soap and water. Make sure to have alcohol-based hand sanitizer available when you are not able to wash your hands.

Eat a Healthy Diet

It’s important to eat nutritious foods from various food groups to help boost your immune system. Fruits and vegetables are a great addition to your plate because they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, zinc, beta carotene and more. Researchers believe that low levels of vitamin D play a role in increasing seasonal colds, the flu and respiratory infections. The active cultures found in yogurt are a great source of vitamin D.

Prioritize your health this flu season and stay up to date on your prescription medications. For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit https://www.communitycaresrx.com.

Health Care Through Your Screen: The Impact of Telepharmacy

As the world works to combat the pandemic, many healthcare service professionals turned to telepharmacy to continue the management of prescription medications. The impact has been worldwide, with the global telepharmacy market expected to reach $71.43 billion by 2027. We’re outlining three benefits of this game-changing healthcare service:

More Emphasis on Patient Care, Less on Logistics

At the onset of the pandemic and implementation of social distancing protocols, hospitals and other healthcare service teams struggled to provide medications to patients in a timely manner. Telepharmacy was an efficient fix to this problem, allowing hospitals to focus less on the logistical elements of patient care. Now, there is an increased focus on developing direct-to-patient and clinical services to provide patient education, monitoring, adherence support and antimicrobial and opioid stewardship programs.

Growth of Digital Applications

Digital pharmacies have been in the works for years, but is now being implemented in even more pharmacy organizations. Mobile health telepharmacy improves medication adherence through the use of smartphone apps and near-field communication (NFC) protocols. These protocols allow mobile devices to communicate using a wireless connection. While video conferencing is the most common tool in telepharmacy, innovative health technologies such as digital pill bottles, ingestible sensors and remote dispensing machines are all key tools in the industry.  

Expanded Hours and Locations

Telepharmacy expands options for advanced clinical offerings, allowing pharmacists to reach new groups of patients in remote locations. Pharmacies located in rural or small-volume hospitals with limited resources can utilize the expansion of service hours if around-the-clock coverage is in high demand. Not only do advanced clinical offerings help pharmacists reach a wider audience, but they also help improve patient safety by educating and monitoring patients and providing adherence support.

The growing popularity of telepharmacy within the pharmaceutical industry is making medication management more efficient than ever. At Community Cares Rx, we understand the importance of access to prescription medications. Customers who are part of our prescription discount program are able to locate pharmacies online and see which pharmacy offers the best price for their particular medication.

For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit https://www.communitycaresrx.com.

Celebrating National Health Center Week

This month, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) celebrated National Health Center Week to highlight the accomplishments of health centers and their staff and raise awareness for important public health concerns such as healthcare for children and individuals experiencing homelessness. Here are some of the organizations supporting the vital services that health care centers provide in their communities:

Health Care for the Homeless

The National Health Care for the Homeless Council aims to help those experiencing homelessness receive primary and behavioral health care, case management, outreach and more. There are 300 health centers that receive funding from the Health Care for the Homeless program, and they provide care for one million out of the 1.3 million homeless people that visit health centers each year.

Sesame Street in Communities

More than eight million children in the U.S. visit community health centers to receive health care. Just in time for kids to return to school, NACHC is working with Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC), a bilingual, multimedia initiative featuring beloved Muppets, to enhance learning and help children cope with traumatic experiences.

PRAPARE

PRAPARE, The Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks and Experiences, assists health centers in the collection and applications of data to understand patients’ social determinants of health. PRAPARE’s research allows providers to evaluate and improve care, integrate delivery systems and decrease costs.

Interested in learning more about the impact of heath care centers in communities? This infographic courtesy of the NACHC further breaks down the individuals served by health care, the positive health impacts of this service and other key statistical information.

At Community Cares Rx, we understand that an important element of public health includes the access to affordable medications. Learn more at https://www.communitycaresrx.com.

Adventure Awaits: How to Make Your Summer Travel Plans Healthy and Fun

Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on vacation. Even on island time, you can get enough sleep, eat a variety of nutritious foods and come prepared with first-aid supplies and medications. Let’s take a closer look at how you can have a vacation to remember, all while prioritizing your health:

Rest Up!

While some people can easily fall asleep on a plane, others have a hard time. Taking melatonin or drinking chamomile tea before your flight can help you combat jet lag and get some rest in the sky. Before you close your eyes, position a travel pillow at your neck so that you don’t sleep with improper alignment and wake up sore. In addition, avoid ingesting large amounts of alcohol and caffeine, which can disrupt your sleep schedule. Pro tip: Having plenty of water on hand will help you stay hydrated and refreshed.

Monitor the Menu

On vacation, you’ll likely be dining out for most of your meals. Be on the lookout for dishes that incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables. If you don’t have access to a kitchen, you can still buy the fixings for sandwiches and salads and store them in your hotel mini fridge. When you’re out and about for an entire afternoon, pack healthy snack options that travel well, like nuts and apples, to keep your energy up.

Put Your Safety First

You never know when simple first-aid supplies will come in handy. Packing items such as insect repellent, antibacterial wipes, bandages and ibuprofen will guarantee that you are prepared for any minor mishap. If you take routine medications, experts at Health Matters recommend packing them in your carry-on bag in the event that your checked luggage gets misplaced. Traveling international? Be sure to check the guidelines for any vaccinations required before entering the country.  

No matter where your travels take you, managing your health and medications should never get in the way of your adventures. With the Community Cares Rx prescription discount program, you are guaranteed easy and affordable access to your medications with the help of online pharmacy locators and price comparison tools.

For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit www.paramountrx.com.  

Soak Up the Sun: Three Ways to Safely Enjoy the Sunny Weather

June 20 marks the first day of Summer! While the sun may feel great on our skin, it is important to take steps to protect our skin from sun damage. Here are three tips that you can use to make sure that you are safely enjoying your fun in the sun:

Take a break

Did you know that UV rays can cause skin damage in as little as 15 minutes, and that most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to UV rays? According to the American Cancer Society, the sun is at its strongest from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Instead of staying outside for an entire afternoon, escape indoors for short periods of time to break up your UV ray exposure. If you’re unsure how strong the sun is, try the shadow test: If your shadow in shorter than you are, the sun is at its strongest.

Apply Sunscreen

The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that daily use of sunscreen reduces your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40% and melanoma by 50%. In addition, applying sunscreen helps prevent skin wrinkles, sagging and age spots. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it is broad spectrum to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Even on a cloudy day, UB rays can penetrate through the clouds.

Cover Up

Wearing sun protective clothing is a great way to limit your exposure to UV rays. This type of clothing carries an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) that communicates how much of the sun can be blocked by wearing the fabric. Similar to the SPF levels in sunscreen, the numbers for UPF (ranging from 15 to over 50) indicate how protective the clothing is and what fraction of the sun’s rays can pass through the material to your skin. Remember, UV rays can bounce off surfaces like water, sand, snow, or pavement, so keep your hat and sunglasses nearby.

 Protecting your skin and taking care of your body are important all year. When you open a Community Cares Rx prescription discount card, you are guaranteed to have easy and affordable access to the medications that you need all year long using online tools to locate a pharmacy and research drug pricing and availability.

 For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit http://www.paramountrx.com/.

 

 

 

How to Prioritize Your Mental Health While Working from Home

Over the course of the past year, the pandemic has forced the world to change routines and establish a “new normal.” The transition to remote workspaces has proven challenging for some, with professionals disconnected from in-person collaboration and everyday social connection. May is National Mental Health Month, so it’s the perfect time to revisit and improve your work-from-home habits:

Get Up and Get Moving

Sitting at a desk and starring at screens all day can be mentally draining. Setting aside time for a quick workout to break up the workday is a great way to keep your skills sharp and your mind focused. According to the Mental Health Foundation, regular exercise improves your self-esteem, sleep and concentration. Health professionals recommend engaging in 30 minutes of exercise at least five days per week. Don’t have time to hit the gym? Take your morning calls on a neighborhood stroll or incorporate a standing desk into your routine.

Stay In Touch  

Video calls have been a saving grace for many remote workers. Scheduling face-to-face calls to discuss new ideas and collaborate on projects is a great alternative to in-person communication. Plus, fostering connections in the workplace stimulates happiness, reduces stress and inspires positivity. However, it’s equally important to be mindful of ‘Zoom fatigue’ and recognize when you need a break from the camera.

Establish a Work-Life Balance

When working from home, it is easy for your professional life to blend with your personal life. Overexerting yourself, also known as burnout, is linked to the development of depression and anxiety. It’s important to log off your computer at a reasonable hour and dedicate time to the selfcare activities that help you de-stress, such as cooking, watching television or meditating. If possible, set up a designated workspace to help create boundaries between your work and home life.

While stressful at times, working from home also has its perks, including more family time, access to healthy food and furry friends at our feet. These benefits help boost our mood and improve our mental health.

Whether you are returning to the office soon or continuing to work from home, if you are prescribed medication for a mental health condition, it’s important to follow your treatment plan to maintain your mental wellbeing. The Community Cares Rx prescription discount program makes managing your medications easy and affordable by giving you access to online pharmacy locators and price comparison tools.

For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit http://www.paramountrx.com/.  

Find Your Zen: Three Techniques to Help You Unwind, Ease Your Mind and De-Stress

Feeling anxious, frustrated and not like your usual self? Life can get extremely busy, and juggling work, chores, family commitments and other social obligations can be overwhelming. In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we are sharing simple, stress-relieving practices to help clear your mind and prioritize your overall health.

Take a Breather

The way you breathe directly impacts the rest of your body. When you take a deep breath, you are signaling to your brain to calm down. The increased heart rate, fast breathing and high blood pressure the body experiences under stress will decrease when your brain communicates that it’s time to relax. Breathing exercises such as belly breathing, 4-7-8 breathing, roll breathing and morning breathing are all simple methods to channel your energy and help you establish direction with clearheaded calmness.

Break a Sweat

Going on a run, lifting weights or taking a leisurely walk are also highly effective methods to relieve the tension, anxiety and mild depression that can accompany stress. Additional health benefits of staying active includes stronger muscles and bones, lower blood pressure, better sleep and more energy. Stuck on where to start? The American Heart Association suggests trying five 30-minute workout sessions each week to total 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise.

Make Time for YOU

Your relationships, sleep schedule, exercise routines and eating habits are all facets of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. While incorporating wellness strategies on top of a job and other commitments may seem like just another item for your ‘to-do’ list, being able to evaluate your priorities will help you focus on the work-life balance that is the best for you. Check in with yourself before you take on an extra commitment. If you’re doing too much, it may not be worth the extra stress!

Practicing selfcare is the first step in prioritizing your own health, which includes staying on top of your medications. Prescription discount programs like Community Cares Rx provide resources to help you save money on the prescriptions that are part of your daily routine, including online tools to locate a pharmacy and research drug pricing and availability.

For more details on Community Cares Rx and other programs that provide costs saving on prescription medications, please visit http://www.paramountrx.com/.