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Specialty Pharmacy Training
26Jul, 2017

Specialty Pharmacy Associations Offer Certification and Training

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According to the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance, the specialty pharmacists are in high demand, as the niche within the larger pharmaceutical market is growing. “This niche focuses on dispensing high-cost specialty medications for rare, chronic, and complicated health conditions, including cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, and HIV,” the association said. “Specialty pharmacies are on the rise because they help with proper drug administration and patient education and contribute to better compliance and better patient health.” The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP) is a national association representing the specialty pharmacy […]
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Chemotherapy MedicoRx
26Jul, 2017

What Does Chemotherapy Feel Like?

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Chemotherapy for cancer treatment can be scary, especially when approaching the first session. What will I feel like during the treatment? What will I feel like afterward? The answer is that everyone responds to chemotherapy differently, but here are some of the most common reactions. Pre-Chemotherapy Experience Many chemotherapy drugs are delivered intravenously similar to a standard IV. Some are delivered by infusion therapy, with a wearable to mounted pump, which can allow patients to be treated at home. A typical chemotherapy session starts with a blood test to ensure […]
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Infusion Therapy MedicoRx
13Jun, 2017

Infusion Drugs for Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a vexing disease because there isn’t really a clear cause for the condition, there is no cure, and symptoms can be unpredictable. Some classes of infusion drugs are able to slow the progression of the disease and/or alleviate symptoms. What is MS MS is considered an autoimmune disease, which usually describes conditions that suppress the immune system, making it difficult to fight off illness. In the case of MS, the immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy tissue. MS causes the body to attack the central […]
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Exercise Chronic Illness MedicoRx
30May, 2017

Exercise Benefits for People with Chronic Illnesses

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If you ask a doctor for advice about how to treat almost any condition, he or she is likely to say, “eat right and exercise,” as the first recommendation. Nutrition and fitness are indeed keys to recovering from and preventing many health problems–including managing chronic illnesses. Diabetes Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be helped and even reversed by exercise and healthy eating. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that one of 10 diabetes patients that exercised were able to stop taking medication. […]
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Iron Levels MedicoRx
22May, 2017

How Iron Levels Impact Your Health

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Iron is what doctors call an “essential” mineral. This means that iron is essential to human health. When it comes to iron, this important role it plays is a carrier of oxygen in the blood. Why We Need Iron? According to WebMD, “Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. Hemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood […]
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15May, 2017

4 Sunscreen Tips for Better Skin

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Summer is coming, and with it lots of time in the sun for most folks. While we all welcome the long warm days of summer, the sun is not a friend to our skin. Sun exposure is a major cause of skin damage and skin cancer. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Skin cancer occurs when errors (mutations) occur in the DNA of skin cells. The mutations cause the cells to grow out of control and form a mass of cancer cells.” And, “Much of the damage to DNA in skin […]
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Chemotherapy MedicoRx
27Apr, 2017

Post Chemotherapy Safety Issues

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Chemotherapy is a difficult process to go through in the best of cases. Patients are often stressed and anxious, as are caregivers and family members. Side effects can be anywhere from uncomfortable to debilitating. In addition to the emotional and physical challenges of undergoing chemotherapy, there are safety considerations that need to be implemented for patients and household members after therapy. Because chemotherapy drugs are present in the body after therapy, it is important that caregivers and family members are not inadvertently exposed to the drugs. According to the American […]
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Chemotherapy MedicoRx
20Apr, 2017

How to Prepare for Infusion Chemotherapy

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Chemotherapy can be scary. First, the fact that you have cancer is frightening, and chemotherapy is known mainly for its unpleasant side effects. Most people have heard stories of (or experienced) people losing hair, experiencing extreme nausea and fatigue, and other side effects. Part of the fear comes from the unknown. Because everyone responds to chemotherapy differently, it is difficult to know just what to expect. What is Chemotherapy? According to the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, “chemotherapy is a medication or a combination of medications prescribed to kill […]
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MCC MedicoRx
17Apr, 2017

New Drug Available for Aggressive Skin Cancer

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The first FDA-cleared drug for the treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is now available after clinical trials found that patients, mostly pre-treated with chemotherapy, responded to the drug for as long as one year. The drug Avelumab (brand name Bavencio®), belongs to a class of drugs called checkpoint inhibitors. Checkpoint inhibitors counteract cancer cells’ ability to suppress immune systems by tricking the body’s checkpoint molecules into treating cancer cells as healthy cells. Avelumab alerts the body to the presence of dangerous cancer cells and directs the immune system to […]
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10Apr, 2017

What to Expect from Infusion Therapy

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According to the National Home Infusion Association, “Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is prescribed when a patient’s condition is so severe that it cannot be treated effectively by oral medications. Typically, ‘infusion therapy’ means that a drug is administered intravenously.” How it Works The most common type of infusion therapy is prescribed to treat infections that are unresponsive to oral antibiotics. Chemotherapy for cancer patients is also often delivered through infusion. Other chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid […]
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3Apr, 2017

Specialty Pharmacies Offer High Touch Services

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According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “Over the last 30 years, specialty pharmacy has grown from a notion to a cottage industry to being on the cusp of becoming a major force in healthcare delivery.” High-Cost Products Specialty pharmacy services typically manage the delivery of and support for medication and medical products that are expensive, require special handling or management, and present reimbursement challenges. Specialty medications include oral medicines, infusion therapies, and biologic products for serious conditions. The American Pharmacist’s Association says, “Specialty pharmacy focuses on high […]
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23Mar, 2017

Skin Color Changes: What They Mean

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Pigmentation is the coloring of a person’s skin. The varieties of normal skin color in humans range from people of “no color” (pale, white) to “people of color” (light brown, dark brown, and black). Skin color is a blend resulting from the skin chromophores red (oxyhemoglobin), blue (deoxygenated hemoglobin), yellow-orange (carotene, an exogenous pigment), and brown (melanin).  Hyperpigmentation is the term for skin that is discolored, which for most people involves patches of skin that are either lighter or darker than what is normal for the rest of the body. […]
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15Mar, 2017

Anemia, Iron Deficiency, and Iron Infusion for Cancer Patients

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The human body contains a number of minerals, with iron being one of the most important. Iron contributes to the formation of hemoglobin, the red blood cells that are responsible for supplying the body and its organs with adequate quantities of oxygen. Iron Deficiency from Cancer Iron deficiency, commonly known as anemia, can result from the loss blood due to internal or external bleeding, from a metabolically low production of iron in the body, or can be a side effect intestinal disorders and some cancers. Cancers known to cause iron […]
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10Mar, 2017

6 Serious Illnesses that Cause Sudden Blurry Vision

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Most people experience changes in vision gradually over a period of months or years. They start moving their reading material closer or farther away in order to see the letters or find themselves struggling to see clearly when driving at night. These kinds of changes are common, especially as people age. Sudden blurry vision is a different story. If you haven’t had any vision changes, even if you use glasses or contacts, and your vision becomes dramatically worse in a matter of minutes or hours, it could be the sign […]
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23Feb, 2017

Should You Take Medications After Their Expiration Dates?

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Have you ever wondered what the expiration date on your medication means? There are serious implications to using medication that is past its due date, according to an article published in NPR. Effectiveness is the Issue “If your medicine has expired, don’t use it,” Ilisa Bernstein, deputy director of the office of compliance in the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research told NPR. This counsel applies to over-the-counter drugs as well as prescription medications. It is important to check the expiration dates before you buy any […]
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15Feb, 2017

How Meditation Makes You Healthier and Smarter

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Meditation Research by Siegfried Othmer, former president of the neurofeedback division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, found that people using brainwave training (a specific form of meditation) showed an average gain in IQ of 23 percent. It’s been known for some time that meditation can play a role in healthcare by reducing stress and boosting the immune system. Now we find that meditating also makes us smarter. Not only did the people in Othmer’s study improve their IQs, but the effect was lasting. A follow-up study conducted […]
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13Feb, 2017

Top 3 Lies Patients Tell Their Doctors

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A 2015 study by ZocDoc found that 30 percent of women lie or withhold information from their doctors, compared to 23 percent of men. The primary reasons patients skirt the truth include embarrassment and lack face time with doctors. Nearly half (46%) of Americans have avoided telling their doctor about a health issue because they were embarrassed or afraid of being judged. Around a third say they withheld details because they couldn’t find the right opportunity or didn’t have enough time during the appointment (27%), or because the doctor didn’t […]
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healthy-medicorx
6Feb, 2017

How to Keep Your New Year’s Health Resolutions

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Just about everyone wants to be healthier, and the start of the new year is a time people often make a fresh commitment to better fitness. It can be about losing weight, gaining strength and endurance, or quitting an unhealthy habit. Gym memberships soar. Home health equipment flies off the shelves. Behavior modification programs have to turn away clients. Keeping these resolutions, of course, is another matter. Gyms make a lot of money from people whose only participation is paying the bill every month. Don’t let that happen to you. […]
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25Jan, 2017

Advances In Regenerative Medicine

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Imagine if a patient with kidney failure didn’t need a transplant but could instead regrow his or her own kidney? Or if a diseased heart could repair itself? The implications for the healthcare industry could be enormous. This is the world of regenerative medicine, where researchers are looking for ways to tap into the body’s capacity to heal itself. Scientists are asking, “if salamanders and fish can regenerate limbs, why can’t humans?” Current practices like skin grafts, blood transfusions and partial liver transplants all technically fall into the category of […]
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20Jan, 2017

How to Keep Your Loved One Out of the Hospital

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The numbers tell the story. Some 85 percent of health care spending goes toward patients with chronic illnesses. About 25 percent of the general population has one or more chronic conditions, and that number jumps to 68 percent of people 65 and older. Some 60 percent of Medicare patients with chronic conditions are hospitalized each year. Hospital readmissions among people with chronic illnesses are 30 percent higher than the rest of the population; and of the $26 billion Medicare spent on readmissions in 2014, $17 billion was considered avoidable. Systemic […]
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