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Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

Did you know that many prescription pain drug abusers get their medications from family and friends. As a matter of fact, 70% of people 12 and older who abuse prescription medicines say they get them from a friend or relative.

“Bottom line is nearly half what is prescribed is sitting in people’s medicine cabinet,” says Larry Pinson, with Nevada’s Board of Pharmacy.

Oftentimes, people do not finish their prescriptions, but rather than dispose of them properly, they either stay in the medicine cabinet and then expire, or they are simply thrown away.

If you have an impulse to flush them down the toilet, don’t –  remnants will end up in the drinking water.

Instead, common household items like kitty litter or coffee grounds can be used to dispose of the medicines. You can also pour old coffee over the pills and they will simply dissolve in the grounds.

You can then throw the drugs away.

You can also go to any local law enforcement office and drop off your prescription drugs at a designated receptacle. But there are limitations, unlike at a Prescription Drug Roundup, which takes place on April 26th.

First Quarter 2014: New Generics Release Update

 

Several new generic drugs are being released this year. Here is a list of those that were released in the first quarter of 2014 :

Loestrin 24 FE – for the prevention of pregnancy;

Micardis – for Hypertension; Cardiovascular risk reduction;

Micardis HCT – for hypertension;

Rapumune Oral Tab – for prevention of organ transplant rejection;

Avelox – for bacterial infections;

Hectorol – for hyperparathyroidism;

Evisa – for Osteoporosis; Reduction in risk of invasive breast cancer;

Renvela – for Hyperphosphatemia associated with chronic kidney disease.

In April we’ll see:

Orapred – for Asthma; Atopic Dermatitis; Allergic Rhinitis;

Pennsaid – for Osteoarthritis of the knee.

 

Ask us or your doctor about how the generic compares to your current medication and which is right for you.

 

And, keep watching our site and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

Generic drugs are supposed to be a bargain, right?

The prices of all generic drugs are increasing. And, they aren’t just increasing by a small amount — some are increasing by 6,000%. One theory is that the Obamacare mandate — that all prescription drugs must be covered — is driving up the demand for the drugs which is causing a shortage.

“According to the survey, 77% of pharmacists said they experienced 26 or more instances of a large increase in the acquisition price of a generic drug within the last six months of 2013. …In addition, a National Journal images (1)report indicates that health care and pharmaceutical consulting firm Pembroke Consulting found that within the last year more than a dozen drugs increased ten times their standard rate.”

Another speculation as to the cost increase is that fewer manufacturers are making the drugs, so there is less competition. Only three companies account for 44% of all generic drug manufacturing. Additionally, several large generic-drug makers have gotten into trouble with the FDA because of bad manufacturing practices. As a result, some key products from abroad have been banned, contributing to shortages and higher prices.

Furthermore, Obamacare stipulates a built-in cap on drug prices starting next year and manufacturers will be limited as to how much they can increase their prices in the years to come. Coincidence?

Give us a call to compare our prices to other pharmacies. We have always offered very competitive prices and in most cases are less expensive than the big box stores.

To learn more visit:

https://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/31/Why-Are-Costs-For-Generic-Medications-Soaring

Warning: New pain-killer hits the market

zohydro1A new pain killer has hit the market, but Village Pharmacy and Rocky Point Pharmacy do not plan to stock this medication. The hydrocodone-based drug, Zohydro, is the latest in a long line of pain killers called opioid analgesics. The FDA approved the medication last fall to treat chronic pain.

Quoting from a recent CNN article, “…the FDA posted a statement on its website that it has become increasingly concerned about the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which have sadly reached epidemic proportions in certain parts of the United States.” Then the next day, the FDA approved it — which was very confusing. Dr. Kolodny of the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing said the approval was “shocking, outrageous and genuinely frightening”.

This new drug is about five times stronger than other similar pain killers and many doctors have petitioned against it. We agree that it is formulated to be easily abused and we feel it will lead to more deaths. If your doctor prescribes this medication for you, we will look at it on a case-by-case basis whether or not to fill it for you.

Our priority is to the health and well-being of our customers and our community as a whole.

To read more of the CNN article, visit: https://www.cnn.com/2014/02/26/health/zohydro-approval/

 

Gen X is Dying – What are you going to do about it?

Recently, Beth Caveness, Pharm.D, and Amy Alphin, Pharm.D, attended the Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference in Charlotte where they learned some facts about prescription drug abuse that are impacting our communities.
Here are some basic facts and statistics that are important to share:
– Generation X is dying. Not from disease, but from drug abuse.
– Oxycodone deaths have increased 267% since 2005. That is not a typo. 267% increase in deaths from Oxycodone in the last eight years
– Methamphetamine has a HIGH rate of addiction and a LOW rate of recovery.
If 1,000 dolphins washed up on shore in every state of the country, every year, wouldn’t we do something about it?One way that we can help to combat this epidemic is for you to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26. This day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for medication abuse. You can bring your expired and no longer needed medications anytime to either one of our locations (Hampstead or Rocky Point) and we will dispose of them for you.
To learn more about building a drug free community, visit https://www.cadca.org/.