Nonprescription drugs and medicines
Effective April 1, 2015, nonprescription drugs and medicines for use in or on the body are exempt from sales tax. This applies to the following:
Today is Lisa Meijer's, our current University of Connecticut student, last day at Granby Pharmacy. She has been very helpful with our medication therapy management programs. Medication therapy management, MTM, is not new in pharmacy, but it is being promoted much more in relation to the CMS star rating program. Granby Pharmacy is currently enrolled with Mirixa and OutcomesMTM.
An example of what Lisa worked on would be a patient taking diabetic medications, but had gaps in their care, which means the patient is not taking necessary preventative medications for the complications associated with diabetes. Lisa also called our patients regarding their adherence to their medications and asked if there were changes. Sometimes there were reasons, such as the physician changed a dose or advised them to stop. Some patients might not have understood why they were taking the medication to start.
This process also requires more collaboration with the physicans office. While pharmacists and physicians communicate daily, the MTM process formalizes the patient care and hopefully improves healthcare outcomes.
We would like to thank Lisa for helping us establish better procedures in our pharmacy for the MTM programs. She has one more rotation and then she graduates and takes her exams. She has worked for CVS Pharmacy for eight years, and will continue working for CVS once she is a pharmacist.
We are the spotlight business for the month of March for the Granby Chamber of Commerce.
We have a Uconn pharmacy student for the month of March, Lisa Meijer. She is a Granby resident and has worked at our local Granby CVS. It is very nice to be working with a student who is familiar with our community.
Lisa Meijer, University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy student:
Hi! My name is Lisa Meijer and I am a PharmD student in the final year of the UConn School of Pharmacy program. I will graduate from the program this May and look forward to being a pharmacist soon thereafter. My community pharmacy experience begins in July of 2007 as a pharmacy technician at CVS here in Granby and I have worked there regularly ever since. I have also worked in the surrounding towns on occasion and can sincerely say the people of Granby are amazing individuals to help.
I have also completed advanced experiences at UConn Health Center in Farmington in psychiatry, general medicine, and pharmacoeconomics (research that helps figure out ways to save costs on a procedures, services, or medications provided.) I also helped low income individuals at Holyoke Health Center in Holyoke, MA with the management and extensive education of their medications and diseases. I also spent a month at the Center of Metabolic Disorders at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britian, where I helped initiate, educate, monitor, and evaluate diabetic treatments. I completed general hospital rotations at Baystate Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MA, and as well as a corporate community pharmacy management rotation with CVS Health. My last rotation will be teaching experiences at the UConn School of Pharmacy this April.
I have always been interested in serving individuals in our community and therefore will continue to do so as a community pharmacist with CVS Health in Northern CT. Outside of work, I enjoy being apart of nature, whether it's hiking at Enders in West Granby or walking on the Rails-to-Trails paths in East Granby and throughout CT, or enjoying the beaches of Rhode Island. I also enjoy reading, art, cooking, and spending time with my family and boyfriend!
No Pressure…. But Let’s Lower your Blood Pressure!
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your heart is working overtime. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure not only raises the risk of heart disease. It also increases risks to your arteries, brain, kidneys, and eyes.1
Blood pressure measurements give you two readings: the top number is the pressure in your arteries when your heart pumps blood. The bottom number is the pressure in arteries between beats.2
If you don’t know what your blood pressure is, it’s time to find out. Bottom line? High blood pressure can be a silent killer. 1
What increases blood pressure? As usual, certain risks are outside your control. That includes genetics, age, and a family history of hypertension. In some cases, certain medications can raise blood pressure. Let me look over a list of your medications to make sure that’s not true for you.3
In most cases, though, doctors don’t know the exact cause. What they do know is that making lifestyle changes can make a big difference.3
Here are some things you can do:4
1. Lose a few. Even 5 to 10 pounds can make a difference in blood pressure. Studies have also found that belly fat may be the kind that’s most likely linked to high blood pressure.5
2. Exercise. Try to exercise 30 to 60 minutes more days of the week than not. You may see a change in your numbers within just a few weeks.
3. Make a DASH for it. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Go easy with foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol.
4. Limit salt, alcohol, and caffeine. Read food labels, eat fewer processed foods, and don’t add salt to your food. Track your habits so you can see exactly how much alcohol and caffeine you drink each week.
Small amounts of alcohol can actually lower your blood pressure. But more than moderate amounts can do just the opposite.
Likewise, caffeine can also boost blood pressure. Check your pressure 30 minutes after you drink a cup of coffee and see if it’s more than 10 points higher than at other times of day.
5. Go smoke-free. Smoking can be a tough habit to kick. If that’s true for you, get help to quit for good. And, remember: Even second-hand smoke isn’t harmless.
6. Chill out. Easier said than done, I know. But stress can temporarily boost your blood pressure. You know better than anyone what helps you relax. Try to build that into your daily (or weekly) routine.
If your doctor gives you medication for high blood pressure, take it exactly as prescribed. But be patient. It can take a while to get your numbers where they need to be. You may also need to try more than one medicine. There are many classes of high blood pressure drugs, and it can get confusing. As you know, our pharmacists are here as a resource.
You can’t feel blood pressure, so there’s only one way to know medicine or a lifestyle change is working: Consider buying a blood pressure cuff from our store so you can regularly check your blood pressure.
Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition.
1. Mayo Clinic: “High blood pressure dangers: Hypertension’s effects on your body.” Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045868 Accessed October 23, 2014.
2. Merckengage: “What Is High Blood Pressure?” Available at: http://www.merckengage.com/common/article.aspx?id=528 Accessed October 23, 2014.
3. WebMD: “Causes of High Blood Pressure.” Available at: http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/guide/blood-pressure-causes Accessed October 23, 2014.
4. Mayo Clinic: “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication.” Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20046974 Accessed October 23, 2014.
5. AHA: “Small weight gain can raise blood pressure in healthy adults.” Available at: http://newsroom.heart.org/news/small-weight-gain-can-raise-blood-pressure-in-healthy-adults Accessed October 23, 2014.
6. AHA: “Keeping High Blood Pressure Under Control.” Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Keeping-High-Blood-Pressure-Under-Control_UCM_460131_Article.jsp Accessed October 23, 2014.
Tickets on Sale for Good Company Theater's production of Peter Pan
The tickets at Granby Pharmacy are for special reserved seating and cost $25.00.
We just received a popular Sigvaris product called the Doff N Donner. It is a device to help put on compression stockings. Here is a video to demonstrate how to use.
Why Choose MyID
First responders are trained to look for ID Bracelts and necklaces identified with the Star of Life. MyID stores your emergency contacts, medical, allergy, and insurance information in a secure online profile accessed via smartphone or 24/7 call center.
View this video for more information. These bracelets are available at Granby Pharmacy for $19.95
The Medication Safety Toolkit is a collection of age-appropriate, engaging resources that educate children (grades K-5) about medication safety principles, equipping them with a foundation for understanding how to use medicines safely before they enter their teen and adult years.
The toolkit highlights four medication safety principles:
A "safety patrol" theme reiterates these four principles throughout the games and activities. The versatile resources also utilize a variety of teaching and learning techniques - they may be used in small or large groups, as stand-alone activities, or in combination.
At Granby Pharmacy, we would love to present this program to any group interested in a medication safety program. Currently we are marketing to scouting groups, but could be available to schools, 4H, community recreation centers, religious youth groups or sports teams. Programs for other age groups are also available, for example a teen program, college, adult, senior, and workplace.
The materials are free and available at www.cardinalhealth.com/GenerationRx
If you would like to schedule a presentation, please contact Beth Galloway at 860-653-2517 or firstname.lastname@example.org