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Enter the 2019 Christmas Under the Clock Coloring Contest Before November 19!

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It’s that time of year again. Time for your young artists to pull out their crayons and markers and enter the coloring contest to win a chance to be a “Tree lighting Pixie.”

Children 10 and under are eligible to enter the annual coloring contest. Winners will be chosen from three age groups: 5 and under, 6-8, and 9-10.

All winners must be available on Saturday, December 7 from 4:30 to 5:45 pm for the tree lighting ceremony during Christmas Under the Clock. Tree lighting pixies will turn on the switch to officially light the Plain City Christmas tree and get the holiday underway.

To download an official coloring contest entry form, please go HERE. Or print off the form at the bottom of this posting by clicking on it and then printing.

Coloring contest entry forms can also be picked up at Mainstreet Treasures, 150 West Main Street in Plain City.

Send your completed entry to: UPCO, PO Box 297, Plain City, OH 43064

All entries must be received by Tuesday, November 19.

Winners will be chosen by members of the Christmas Under the Clock committee.

For more information on Christmas Under the Clock, visit the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) web site HERE.

Winners will be announced on the Uptown Plain City (UPCO) Facebook page and via their contact information provided on the entry form. Visit the UPCO Facebook page, HERE.

You can also find out more on the Christmas Under the Clock Facebook page HERE.

The rules for the coloring contest are below. The deadline to turn in the entry is Tuesday, November 19.

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Please Welcome Our Student Pharmacist, Andrew Myers, for the Month of November at Happy Druggist in West Jefferson.

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This month at Happy Druggist in West Jefferson, Paul and the gang are joined by Andrew Myers, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Andy will graduate in May 2020 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist.  Andy will be in West Jefferson throughout November, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store.

Here is what Andrew tells us about himself:

Hello, everyone! My name is Andrew Myers and I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy.

I grew up in a small town, Limestone, NY, about an hour and a half south of Buffalo. I have attended The Ohio State University for all my college studies, receiving my bachelor of science (B. S.) in pharmaceutical sciences and now seeking my PharmD.

I have been around healthcare for my entire life, as my mother was a nurse and my father was a volunteer EMT when I was a child. I was always intrigued by health and found it particularly interesting how our lives can be changed by giving someone something as small as a pill.

When I first arrived at OSU, I was interested in pursuing drug development and discovery. I wanted to work at finding the next big medication to improve public health. After my first two years, I realized that this route was not for me, as I did not enjoy working in a lab. From there I started working as a pharmacy technician and fell in love with the environment. I have always been a people person, so the pharmacy profession gave me the opportunity to build those relationships and help people.

My passion in pharmacy now is focused around profession advancement, particularly via legislative advocacy. I have spent a lot of my school years outside of the classroom focused on how to engage legislators to utilize pharmacists more efficiently to care for patients. Pharmacists are such an important piece of the healthcare team that, in my opinion, are underutilized and can impact patients in a direct way. We see our patients, know them, their children, and parents, and build relationships. 

In a healthcare system where so many people are left behind, I want to take the time and make sure everyone is on the same page. As we continue to drive our profession forward, these opportunities will become more prevalent and we can really work to take care of our patients.

Outside of pharmacy, I am passionate about sports, music, history, and politics. I am a huge tennis fan (Roger Federer will be my favorite athlete until I die), and I also love football and hockey. 

I enjoy a variety of genres of music. My all-time favorite band is Rush and I have been lucky enough to see them three times in concert before Neil Peart retired. I also love Mumford and Sons and August Burns Red.

I am very interested in politics and history, particularly the Revolutionary War period. In an era like today where politics are so polarizing, I enjoy thinking about where we started and how that can relate to now.

I look forward to meeting you all during my month at Happy Druggist Pharmacy!

Dietary Supplements. By Our Student Pharmacist, Alexander Schlater.

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What is the difference between the two bottles above?

Well, according to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one is a drug and one is a food.

That’s right, vitamins, herbals, and other products that you probably consider medicine are actually considered dietary supplements. What does that mean for you as a consumer? It means you might need to do a little more homework before purchasing these products. You see, dietary supplements are still regulated by the FDA, but they are held to a different standard.

Drug manufacturers have to conduct rigorous studies on a new drug, proving it is both safe and effective before it can go to market. And, if the FDA is not satisfied with the results, they can require further studies or deny the new drug entirely.

Dietary supplements, on the other hand, need only be proven safe, and the FDA does not have to approve the safety analysis ahead of time. So for most reputable companies, you can usually trust the product is safe to take at the recommended dose for a healthy adult. However, there have been cases of less reputable companies selling products that were dangerous, misbranded, and even contained illegal drugs. Always be wary of any suspicious products, particularly those sold online. Even with trusted products, they may not be safe for all individuals.

Here are some things to look out for:

Dietary supplements can be dangerous at high doses.

Supplements may not be considered drugs, but consume enough of anything and it can be dangerous. High doses of iron supplements, for example, could cause severe abdominal pain and vomiting, or even shock or death at high enough doses. Never take more than the recommended dose of a supplement. If you have a health condition, even the recommended dose may not be safe. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if a new supplement is safe for you as an individual.

Even natural products can be dangerous. 

Some people are under the misguided notion that natural equals safe. But there are plenty of things in nature that can kill you: leaves, flowers, fruits, mushrooms, etc. Just because a supplement is natural doesn’t mean it is safe. That is why there are safety trials. Ask your pharmacist to learn more about a particular supplement’s possible risks and side effects.

Dietary supplements can interact with your medications.

Depending on the interaction, some supplements could reduce the effectiveness of certain medications, or some could increase your likelihood of experiencing unwanted side effects. These interactions can be identified by your pharmacist, but only if they know you are taking them. Be sure to tell your pharmacist about any supplements you take so they can screen for interactions.

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Dietary supplements do not have to be proven effective and are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases. 

Marketers will try to get around this with such taglines as “Immune Support” or “Promotes a Healthy Heart,” but that doesn’t mean the supplements necessarily work.

A point of advice, the one trying to sell you a product will always claim their product works. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if a particular supplement has been well studied and what the findings were.

Never use a dietary supplement in place of a medication your doctor prescribed you.

If the supplement actually worked better, your doctor would have prescribed it instead. You might think that supplements are safer than prescription drugs, but this is not necessarily true, and letting a condition such as high blood pressure go untreated or undertreated can be very dangerous.

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Dietary supplements can be an important part of health care, but they are often overhyped. A well-balanced, healthy diet should always be your first line for getting your vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Supplements should be just that… supplements, and they should not be used to replace foods or medicines.

Do your homework with supplements, don’t believe everything you hear, and when in doubt, ask your friendly neighborhood pharmacist.

Join Us For Our 20 Year Anniversary Bash on Saturday, November 16. By Our Student Pharmacist, Barry Shen

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November 1 will mark the 20th anniversary of the day Plain City Druggist officially opened. But we plan to celebrate this momentous occasion on Saturday, November 16 with a giant tailgate party in the parking lot.

To commemorate this special occasion, as well as thank everyone in the community for their support, the pharmacy will host a special party for all of our customers.

Background: Plain City Druggist is owned by Joe and Robin Craft who graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy in 1995 and 1999 respectively.

Plain City Druggist originally opened in 1999 as a small store in Lovejoy Plaza in downtown Plain City and later moved to the current location in 2007. At that time, Midwestern Compounding Pharmacy was added to the store providing compounding services for veterinary, dental, dermatological, pediatric, and hormone replacement therapy.

Later in December 2014, Joe and Robin purchased Family Medical Pharmacy on Karl Road and opened up what is now called Happy Druggist. In 2017, they opened their third location also called Happy Druggist in West Jefferson.

Event: The main feature of the event will be The Ohio State University vs. Rutgers University football game which will be broadcast on several big screen televisions in the parking lot. Tents will be set up with various activities and food. Individuals of all ages are welcome. There will be face painting, football, cornhole, and hot chocolate for the kids. There will also be raffle prizes.

The party will get started one hour before kickoff as the time for the game has not officially been announced yet.

Owners: Robin Craft, “I can’t believe that 20 years have passed since we opened the store in 1999. That first week, we passed out candy to trick-or-treaters, re-stickered every item on the OTC shelves, because the cost stickers were wrong, and wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. It was crazy, scary, and a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, we were young and energetic and Joe could talk to anyone. Now twenty years later, we are so grateful to the Plain City community for being so kind to us and supporting us all these years.”

Joe Craft, “I kept telling myself I wasn’t afraid over and over. But Yoda had it right in The Empire Strikes Back, when he said,’You will be!'”

Store manager and pharmacist: Taylor Yutzy, “The fact that Plain City Druggist is still thriving after 20 years is a testament to the vision and determination of Joe and Robin Craft!”

Pharmacy Technician: Phil McDowell, “I am excited that Plain City Druggist has been positively influencing the area for two decades! Glad we have had the opportunity to serve the Plain City community for 20 years!”

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Don’t Say No to the Flu Shot. By Our Student Pharmacist, Alexander Schlater.

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It’s that time of year again. The evenings are cool, the leaves are changing colors, the grocery stores are peddling pumpkin spice flavored ranch dressing, and your doctor/pharmacist keeps asking if they can stick you with a flu shot.

I’m sure you’ve heard all of the reasons you should say yes, so let’s change it up a little.

Here are the reasons you shouldn’t say no.

Don’t say it is too inconvenient.

Sure, scheduling a doctor’s appointment during business hours can be challenging. But pharmacies are everywhere with many open weekends and well into the evening. You do not need an appointment to get a flu shot at a pharmacy. If you are insured, the flu shot is usually free. Your pharmacist can bill, prepare, and administer a flu shot in about the same amount of time it would take to have a prescription filled.

Bring the whole family. Most states allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children, though age cutoffs will vary by state and insurance policies.

For the state of Ohio, pharmacists can give flu shots to children as young as seven.

Don’t say it isn’t effective.

The flu shot is not a perfect vaccine, that is no secret. The effectiveness of the flu shot can vary from person to person and from year to year, but, in general, it is estimated to reduce your risk of illness by about half.

Think of it this way: getting a free flu shot at your pharmacy down the street just once a year could cut your risk in half of spending several days in bed, feeling miserable, missing work, and spending money on doctor’s visits and medications. It seems like a no brainer, right? And yet last year, less than half of adults got a flu shot.

Don’t say you don’t need one.

“But I don’t get the flu shot and I’ve never gotten the flu,” you say.

“Not yet,” I respond.

Because anyone can get the flu; young, old, sickly, healthy, in a box, with a fox. Just because you haven’t gotten it before does not mean this won’t be the unlucky year.

Also, the flu shot protects more than just you. The more people who get the shot, the more protected everyone will be. You can’t get the flu unless you come into contact with the virus, and the less people who are getting sick with it, the less people who could inadvertently get you infected.

vaccine_worldDon’t say it made you sick last time.

This statement may just be the bane of every healthcare worker alive. Inactivated flu shots absolutely cannot give you the flu. They do, however, trick your body into thinking you have the flu. In fact, that is how they work. Having a mild sickness-like reaction to a flu shot means it is working and your body is making antibodies that can recognize a live virus later on. This reaction may be more pronounced if it is your first time getting the flu shot.

Don’t say it isn’t for you.

Nearly everyone should get the flu shot. In fact, the only people who should definitively not get one, are those who have had a severe reaction to one in the past, and those cases are less than one in a million.

If you are sick, wait until you feel better… then get a flu shot.

If you recently had a vaccine… get a flu shot. Most flu shots are inactive and do not have to be separated from other vaccines; that only applies to live vaccines.

If you are allergic to eggs… you should still get a flu shot. Some flu shots are produced using chicken eggs, However, the actual presence of egg protein in the vaccine is minimal. In fact, they have done studies giving flu shots to people with egg allergies and found that reactions were unlikely. If you have a mild egg allergy, i.e. getting hives, you should still get a flu shot. If you have a more severe allergy, you should still get a shot, but get it in a doctor’s office so they can monitor you.

In summary… 

Don’t say no to the flu shot.