A Salute to the American Pharmacist

October 30, 2012 by  
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Coast2Coast Rx applauds the efforts of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) in recognition of American Pharmacists Month. APhA, a nonprofit professional organization representing more than 62,000 pharmacists and others in related professions, organizes the annual awareness campaign to serve as a reminder that pharmacies play an important role in helping consumers maintain their health, and that pharmacists make vital contributions to health education in their communities.1

The dedicated work of pharmacists is essential to the overall health and wellness of American consumers.  Pharmacists often serve as a point-of-contact for patients, helping them understand the proper use of medications and offering referrals.  Oftentimes, a pharmacist is “the first line of defense” for a patient.

Community pharmacists in particular can play an important role for their customers. In many communities, an independent pharmacy may offer not only prescription fills but also vital health services such as blood pressure monitoring, diabetes training and immunizations, says the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), an organization that helps to represent and advocate for the owners of more than 23,000 independent community pharmacies.2

Are you planning a visit to your local chain or independent pharmacy? Pharmacists and their patients are encouraged to have open dialogue about previous medications and health conditions, and the recommended use of their current prescriptions. The providers of the Coast2Coast Rx card encourage consumers to thank their pharmacist for their insight and professionalism.

Do you have a story about your favorite pharmacist or pharmacy experience? Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter. To print a card and to find participating pharmacies in your area, visit the Coast2Coast Rx website today.

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American Pharmacists Association“October is American Pharmacists Month – Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Medicine,” October 1, 2012 http://www.pharmacist.com/october-american-pharmacists-month-%E2%80%93-know-your-pharmacist-know-your-medicine

2 National Community Pharmacists Association “Independent Pharmacy Today” http://www.ncpanet.org/index.php/independent-pharmacy-today

Seeing Red

October 25, 2012 by  
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Red Ribbon Week, October 20th -28th, 2012, is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against drugs. Communities all across the United States can come together and take a stand against underage drug use. Businesses, communities, schools, and parents come together to provide special educational programs to teach children the dangers of underage drug use.

The National Family Partnership (NFP) is the national sponsor of the Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP has been involved with drug prevention education since 1980. Its mission is to “lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.”1

According to the DEA website, “Research shows that children are less likely to use alcohol and other drugs when parents and other role models are clear and consistent in their opposition to substance use and abuse.”2 There are many resources available to make your Red Ribbon Week a success. The NFP provides a planning guide and a tool kit to help you get started.

An important start to your Red Ribbon Week is right inside your home. AssistGuide Information Services (AGIS) gives some helpful tips on safely storing and using your medication. AGIS suggests that you should store all of your medication in a central location together and that they are stored in their original bottles so they don’t get mixed up, and points out that you should throw away any medication that your physician has discontinued or has expired.3

It is vital to our communities, especially young people, to be educated on the dangers of underage and illegal drug use. Coast2Coast Rx encourages families to get outside and do productive activities such as a bike ride in the park, a family outing to the great outdoors or even a nice quiet game night at home can help engage children and young adults and keep them away from dangerous lifestyles. And as always, when it comes to prescription drugs needed to improve your family’s health, Coast2Coast Rx is a great resource to help you save significantly on thousands of commonly-prescribed medications.

Coast2Coast Rx applauds the work of the organizers of nationally recognized Red Ribbon Week, who have educated communities about drug abuse prevention for many years. We encourage families, classrooms, and communities to use the tools provided by Red Ribbon Week to learn more about drug safety and prevention.

 

 

1. http://redribbon.org/about/

2.http://www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/prevent/sample_red_ribbon_week_press_release.html

3. http://www.agis.com/Document/28/tips-for-safe-medication-use-and-storage.aspx

Youth Movement: National Health Education Week

October 15, 2012 by  
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011 13% of U.S. high school students were classified as obese. An astonishing 48% did not attend physical education classes during an average school week.1 There are clearly reasons to be concerned about adolescents’ health.

Monday, October 15 is the kick off for National Health Education Week (NHEW) 2012. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has been organizing NHEW for 17 years and this year’s theme, “Adolescent health: Planting Seeds for a Healthier Generation,” aims to teach the youth of America how to keep a healthy lifestyle, from drug use and sexual health to nutrition and physical activity. 2

Each day of the week has a central focus topic for adolescent health. Use the links below to find information and tips on each day’s topic on the SOPHE website.

The education of our youth is a whole community effort. Young people look up to teachers, parents, and community leaders including health professionals to guide them on their journey to adulthood—now is a crucial time in an adolescent’s life to teach them about a healthy lifestyle so they will continue to thrive. SOPHE has put together some great information and provides a planning guide and toolkit to help celebrate this year’s National Health Education Week.

Coast2Coast Rx applauds the work of health education professionals and volunteers, who play an important role in the community, and believes that it is just as important to educate people as it is to treat them. Please remember that the Coast2Coast Rx card is here to provide discounts on the prescriptions and health services that your family can use. We congratulate those who are working to provide the best resources in the health education.

 

 

 

 

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Obesity Data & Statistics” http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/npao/data.htm
  2. The Society for Public Health Education “National Health Education Week” http://www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm
Photos:
1. The Society for Public Health Education “National Health Education Week”
2. By U.S. Navy photo by Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sean Evans [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
3. By David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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