Category Archives: Medications

Modern Drug Shortages

With all the money medications cost, who would predict that the United States would experience a medication shortage issue?

And, aren’t we paying huge amounts for our prescription medications, while at the same time subsidizing medications for Third World countries?

The sad and scary fact is that the US has been experiencing medication shortages for years, and the shortages increase in scope and threat to life.

The medication shortage shows all the “Finger Pointing” of “They are the problem, not me” with blame enough to go around.

The truth: This is a complicated problem that cannot be fixed without major changes in drug manufacturing, distribution, oversight and government intervention.

Big pharmaceutical companies pay more for lobbyists than for taxes or research…so don’t expect government to step in and help you get the medication that you need to save your life.

Your best strategy: Stay healthy. Eat right, lose weight, exercise daily, avoid smoking…build your immune system.

Use psychological means to decrease stress, avoid drinking alcohol. Stay away from illegal drugs.

Seek lifestyle improvements and follow the advice of your Physician Assistant or other health care provider.

Do what you can to decrease your need for stronger, newer medications by healthy living.

Your Physician Assistant wants to decrease your dependence on medication, as much as you want to keep the money in your pocket instead of paying exorbitant amounts for breakthrough, new medications.

What’s behind the nation’s prescription drug shortage?

President Obama Speaks on Preventing Drug Shortages

Hosptial drug shortages

Health Care Workers Continue Struggle With Drug Shortages

The FDA is not to blame for Drug Shortages

Medication Safety

Prescribed medications are safe, and improve our quality of life.

Tell your Physician Assistant or health care provider about all medication, supplements and over-the-counter substances that you take.

Sometimes, safe supplements and safe over-the-counter react in bad ways…affecting your health. This can be life-threatening…and hospital emergency rooms are expensive.

Avoid being one of the estimated 7,000 deaths per year due to medication errors. Tell your Physician Assistant or health care provider about everything you take.

But, another million people are injured by medication errors each year! And, the death and injury from medication errors cost $3.5 to $5 Billion a year in additional health care costs.

The biggest issues of medication include confusion between generic names and brand names.

Sharing medications also causes medication errors. Never take someone else’s medication.

The medications most abused are laxatives and antacids.

And mixing over-the-counter medications with prescribed medications causes unknown consequences.

Your Physician Assistant knows about medication interactions…but only if you reveal everything.

If you have a hearing impairment, bring a family member to listen and interpret for you.

Also, get rid of medications that are over one year old.

Keep medications in a cool, dry place. The bathroom not the best place to keep medications.

You are wasting your medication money if you don’t take the medication correctly, if you don’t get the prescription filled or if you don’t follow through on taking the medication as prescribed.

Also, check warnings.

For example, some medications react with Grapefruit Juice.

So this, a food ingredient, grapefruit juice, can block medication so that not enough get into your bloodstream, or it can allow too much medication to enter your blood…causing an overdose.

Your Physician Assistant has the time to listen to you, and the time for you to listen, too. Pay attention and prevent medication errors.

Speak Up: Take Medication Safely

Medication Safety for Seniors – Five Star Senior Living

Preventing Medication Errors!!

How to Remember to Take your Medicine

Your visit to your Physician Assistant or health care provider could mean prescriptions for medication, or the recommendation that you take “Over the Counter” medications.

Unless you follow this advice, and report improvements to your Physician Assistant, your health care dollars are wasted. Why visit a health care provider and ignore recommendations?

However, with busy lives, stress and distractions; we can forget to take medications. We need to develop a system that reminds us to take medications.

These systems can be low-tech, such as a “Pill Box” with days marked out…for a week or two…to high-tech, such as “Smart Phone” or E-mail reminders. Newer reminders are containers that connect to the Internet and warn when it is time to take the medication inside.

Whatever your strategy, be sure to plan and follow through on taking your medication.

Also, keep records of improvements or side effects.

And be sure to call your Physician Assistant or health care provider if you notice side effects.

Your Physician Assistant listens to your issues, and take the time to view all areas of your lifestyle and personal medical experiences.

Take advantage of your Physician Assistant’s willingness to listen, and tell your entire story. Your health depends on your describing the whole picture of your state of health.

Remember your Vaccines – Especially your Flu Shot

New School – Cell Phones, Watches Alert, Pill Bottle Cap Timers

Wireless Pill Bottles – High Tech Reminders to Take Meds

Song to Remember How the Medication Groups are Named