Pharmacogenomics: Drug-Gene Testing for Personalized Treatments

Author: Chinye Nalls-Ahaiwe, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist When patients are newly diagnosed with a specific condition, doctors must often try several drug therapies before settling on one that effectively manages the disease and its symptoms, while avoiding as many undesirable side effects as possible. A drug that works for one patient may not work for another.…

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Measles Outbreaks: A Reminder of Why We Vaccinate

Author: Paige Blatchford, Clinical Pharmacist The recent increase in measles outbreaks is both concerning and frustrating for many parents, healthcare providers and community members across the U.S. Measles is a highly contagious infection that can lead to serious health complications. Although the disease had nearly been eliminated from the U.S., it’s still making people sick.…

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March is MS Awareness Month

Author: Kathleen Byrant, Clinical Pharmacist During the month of March, people around the world unite to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and of efforts to find treatments and a cure for this potentially debilitating disease. MS is a disease that involves the body’s immune system attacking the central nervous system, including the brain, spinal…

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Comorbidities: Managing Multiple Chronic Diseases

Author: Matt Way, Clinical Pharmacist It’s common for people with one chronic condition to develop additional, coexisting conditions. When these additional disease states exist at the same time as the original or primary condition, regardless of how they started, we refer to them as comorbidities. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in…

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Anna Louise James: A Pioneer African-American Female Pharmacist

Author: Amber Pharmacy  In recognition of Black History Month, Amber Pharmacy is featuring the men and women who broke barriers, became pioneers in the pharmacy profession and inspired future generations to follow in their footsteps. Learn more about Anna Louise James, an African-American pharmacist who served patients from her pharmacy in Connecticut for over five…

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Celebrate National Donor Day on February 14, 2019

Author: Amber Pharmacy  On a day that most people recognize for sharing valentines with their loved ones, it is also a day that we learn about sharing the gift of life with those in need of organ and tissue donations. February 14 is National Donor Day, which was originally designated in 1998 by the U.S.…

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7 Self-Checks to Test Your Health at Home

Author: Michele, Registered Nurse  Regular checkups are an important way to monitor your health. It’s a good idea for you to become familiar with your body so you can detect changes. Self-exams can help you become aware of potential health problems and work with your doctor to prevent them from worsening. Here are seven self-checks…

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What African-Americans Should Know About High Blood Pressure Risks

Author: Teresa Kelley, Clinical Operations Supervisor  February is both Black History Month and American Heart Month. Many African-Americans across the U.S. have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease and other related complications. This month, we look at the history of high blood pressure prevalence in African-Americans and how to respond to this risk…

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6 Tips to Help You Manage Your Tardive Dyskinesia Diagnosis

Author: Jen Howder, Clinical Pharmacist on the Rare Disease Center of Excellence  Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a rare neurological disorder that can cause jerky, repetitive movements, trouble speaking and other side effects. Although it’s considered rare, TD affects more than 500,000 people in the U.S. This condition is a potential side effect of certain medications…

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