For the past few weeks, Kristine has been working at our store. Today is her last day, next week she will be starting a new rotation. Kristine has done a great job talking to customers, helping fill prescriptions, working with insurance companies and creating documents to help educate our customers. She will make a great pharmacist!
"My name is Kristine Kiely and I am a last year student at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy. I am also part of the inaugural class and it has been a great experience being part of the first group to graduate from this school. I have quite a bit of community pharmacy experience. I currently work for Stop & Shop Pharmacy and have done rotations with CVS, Walmart and now Granby Pharmacy. As for hospital experience, I have done rotations with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale New Haven Hospital (Smilow Cancer Center). I also did a long-term care pharmacy rotation with CAP Pharmacy in East Berlin. I currently am interested in going into community pharmacy when I graduate in May 2014 but I am keeping my options open since all aspects of pharmacy interest me. My next three rotations will be at Saint Francis Hospital in different specialties so I am looking forward to that as well. I have never worked in an independent pharmacy like Granby Pharmacy and I find it exciting to see how it differs from large chains. I would like to learn more about the business aspect of running a pharmacy while I am here. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, go boating and go biking on the bike path near my house when I get the chance. I love animals and I have a black cat named Stewie. I really am looking forward to the rest of my time here in Granby and hope to learn a lot while I am here. "
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Nasal Irrigation - by Alisha Mehta MS (content from Kinray Completely Up Front Monthly Planner)
Why nasal irrigation
Nasal Irrigation is important because it allows a large volume of solution to travel through the nasal passages, creating a momentum that sweeps away excess mucus and allergens, which cannot be done by saline sprays that only reach the entrance to the nose. While this sounds more burdensome, the volume is definitely relevant. The difference between saline sprays and saline irrigations can be likened to using a garden hose to wash the driveway on the sprinkler setting, rather than on the full flow setting.
How to perform nasal irrigation
Nasal irrigation can be performed with a squeeze bottle or a neti pot, a tea pot shaped device. Both methods require preparing a warm saline solution using a mixture packet and distilled, bottled or previously boiled water. NeilMed moisture packets contain only natural ingredients, sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate. If using a neti pot, fill the pot with solution, place the tip under the nostril, tip your head to allow solution to enter the nose. Gravity allows the solution to reach all the way through the nasal passages and come out the opposite nostril. You then do this on the opposite side, gently blowing the nose after each side.
The squeeze bottle achieves the same result, but instead of tilting to the side, you can bend over the sink while standing upright. Then gently squeeze the bottle until the solution flows out of the bottle, into the nose and out the opposite nostril. Do this on both sides.
Nasal irrigation for children
Hesitations to use medications on children is a legitimate concern. Antibiotics and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be harmful for young children. When it comes to natural remedies, many products can be overpriced and ineffective. However, salt water, also known as saline, used as a nasal treatment is a cost-effective, natural treatment with a proven history. Some may say it is the best natural decongestant. Both neti pots and squeeze bottles can be used on children four years and older; while children one to four may use approved saline sprays with special nozzles or specially designed saline vials.
Is it safe?
Saline rinsing is a very safe procedure that contains no drugs, only natural ingredients. However, water safety is a critical issue because even tap water that is safe to drink may not be safe to put in the nose.
The nose is an entrance to the body and the nasal passages are not immune to bacteria that the digestive system can handle. Only distilled, micro-filtered through a .02 micron filter (not a Brita filter), commercially bottled, or previously boiled water is safe. This is to prevent unwanted organisms from entering the body and spreading infection.
It is also important to keep your device clean. Disinfect devices by washing the bottle or neti pot with soap and water, and place in microwave for 60-90 seconds to sterilize. Devices should also be replaced every three months. Always read the instructions and safety precautions of any saline product you buy at the store.
Saline nasal irrigation is a safe, effective, and affordable method of relieving nasal symptoms due to allergies, colds, sinusitis, rhinitis and many other causes.
Normally, food goes down the food pipe (esophagus) and enters the stomach. In people with acid reflux, the contents of the stomach can leak back into the food pipe, often causing a burning pain in the chest which is commonly referred to as heartburn. Heartburn may also be a sign of a condition known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) which may require further medical attention.
-Oranges, berries, tomatoes
Spicy, fatty or fried foods
How to Prevent/Reduce Heartburn
-Elevation of head when laying down
Common OTC Treatment Options
May DB, Rao S. Chapter 19. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. In: Wells BG, ed. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2014. http://www.accesspharmacy.com/content.aspx?aID=57481745. Accessed November 4, 2013.
Tickets are on sale at Granby Pharmacy for the next Good Company Theater production. It is called Daughters of the Appalachians.
"Daughters of the Appalachians: Six Unique Women" written by Linda Goodman, is a collection of first person accounts molded from insights and stories culled from Goodman's family and community in the mountains and hollers of Virginia. She speaks in the voices of Appalachian women and adds a layer of learning for those of us who grew up elsewhere. The yearning and basic gut emotions of her characters are intertwined with strength and self-esteem and their message is universal. Goodman's women may not take long to meet, but they will make a home in your memory. Her stories may begin in the South, but her compass points to the territory of human understanding.
We are thrilled that we will have the author, Linda Goodman, here with us throughout the production!
Performances will be:
Friday, November 1st
Saturday, November 2nd
Friday, November 8th
Saturday, November 9th
Sunday, November 10th
The tickets are $18.00 in Advance and $20.00 at the door. The performances will be held at the South Congregational Church in Granby, CT.
Tickets are on sale now at Granby Pharmacy for the Granby Education Foundation Paul Winter Concert.
The tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.
Friday, November 15, 2013 7:30 PM
Granby Memorial High School Auditorium
The Granby Education Foundation (GEF) is a nonprofit organization that nourishes educational excellence by raising private funds in support of innovative educational initiatives for people of all ages in Granby and surrounding towns.
The GEF is directed by an all-volunteer board and supported by contributions from residents, businesses, and other charitable organizations.
All 501(C)(3) organizations, as well as the Granby schools, are eligible for funding through the GEF. We look for educational initiatives that:
Myth: "I got the vaccine and still got the flu so it must not be effective..."
Fact: The vaccine prevents the flu in approximately 70-90 percent of healthy people under the age of 65. The effectiveness of the vaccine is subject to variables such as the amount of time between vaccination and exposure to the virus, age and health status, and the match between the virus strains in the vaccine and those in circulation.
Myth: "If I get the vaccine, it might give me the flu..."
Fact: A flu shot will not give you the flu. The viral strains in injectable influenza vaccine have been inactivated, making it biologically unable to cause illness. The viral strains in the nasal-spray vaccine are weakened and do not cause severe symptoms often associated with influenza illness.
Myth: "Last year I got vaccinated so I don't need to this year..."
Fact: Because influenza strains typically change each year, you cannot count on last year's vaccine to protect you this year. Considering up to 20 percent of the U.S. population still contracts influenza every year, getting a flu vaccination makes good health sense.
Myth: "The flu is just like a cold...."
Fact: While some symptoms of the flu - such as nasal congestion, cough and sore throat-may mimic cold symptoms, the flu is highly contagious and can easily be passed from a low-risk individual to a high-risk individual, which can then lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and worsening of chronic conditions.
Myth: "It won't happen to me..."
Fact: Influenza is a contagious respiratory disease that can cause mild to severe illness. The best way to help stop the spread of flu is to prevent getting the flu yourself. Getting a flu vaccine each year protects you and those you love.
Myth: "The flu vaccine is only necessary for the old and very young...."
Fact: The flu vaccine is for anyone who doesn't want to be sick with the flu or inadvertently spread the virus to others. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the CDC recommends annual immunization for all people aged 6 months and older.
Myth: "I'm better off taking my chances..."
Fact: Unfortunately, getting the flu means also becoming a carrier. Since the flu is highly contagious, with symptoms staring one to four days after the virus enters the body, even the most conscientious individuals may unknowingly spread the virus.
Myth: "I'm too late..."
Fact: While September, October and November are the recommended moths for vaccination, getting a flu vaccination later in the season (December-March) can still protect you as flu season often peaks after January.
Myth: "I never get the flu..."
Fact: Influenza strains change every year, which means that even if you had a natual immunity to previous stains, your immunity may not protect you from newly circulating strains. A new flu vaccine is formulated each year to match and protect against the strains of the flu virus that research indicates will be the most common for the coming season. It's clear: Getting vaccinated each year protects you and those you love.
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We have answers. You have probably heard about the Health Insurance Marketplace, the new way Americans can buy health insurance through
the Affordable Care Act, by now. But, you may be confused as to what this means for you. Here at Granby Pharmacy, we have the answers you need. The Health Insurance Marketplace is available through www.healthcare.gov. Here you will learn
what insurance is available and how you get coverage. If you do not have health insurance right now or want to look at your options, this is the website for you.
Plans are compared next to one another (similar to Travelocity or Expedia), so you can decide what is right for you.
All plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventative care, and prescription drugs. Some plans may have restrictions on which doctors or pharmacies you see (If you need help looking for information about which doctors or pharmacies you can use with a certain plan, come see us). Insurance plans also cannot deny anyone with a pre-existing condition coverage.
Many people will get discounted health insurance. After you fill out the application on www.healthcare.gov, you will see if you qualify for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and other savings to help pay for health insurance.
Explore the plans available on www.healthcare.gov , and see if the Health Insurance Marketplace is something you and your family could use. Chat on the website, call the toll free number 1-800-318-2596, or come talk to us about your choices. We at
Granby Pharmacy value our patients and want everyone to make the best decision about their health.