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Wishing You Blessings and Happiness This Thanksgiving!

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Joe and I want to wish everyone a very peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Please note that Plain City Druggist will be closed on Thursday, November 23, in observance of the holiday.

We will re-open on Friday, November 24, at 9 am.

If you have an emergency or need anything while we are closed, please call the after hours number: 614-240-8421. If Joe does not call you back within an hour, call again and leave another message with your phone number.

Thank you to everyone reading this blog posting. We appreciate your continued support of us and the pharmacies!

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Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Runs Until December 15.

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The open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, began on November 1 and runs through December 15. This is a shortened period of time than previously, so if you need healthcare, either to renew and change your plan or get it for the first time, please visit the Healthcare.gov web site as soon as possible. You can also get started by calling 1-800-318-2596.

Coverage, if you enroll, begins on January 1, 2018. If you fail to enroll before December 15, you will have to wait until next fall to take part in the ACA and your coverage will not begin until 2019.

If you are having trouble navigating the Healthcare.gov site and need help, you can go to localhelp.healthcare.gov and put in your zip code to find assistance near you.

For some really helpful information on the ACA, download the National Women’s Law Center’s healthcare tool kit HERE.

There is also information about the five most common questions concerning the Affordable Care Act at this easy to follow web site from The New York Times. Read it HERE.

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Sending Thanks and Blessings to All Who Have Served This Veterans Day.

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We want to wish everyone who has served or is currently serving our country a very blessed Veterans Day.

Thank you for all that you have done to protect us and this country we love.

You are in our thoughts and prayers as we remember all current and former military on this special day.

To celebrate Veterans Day, which actually falls this year on Saturday, November 11, there will be a Memorial Service at 11 am at the Civil War Monument at Industrial Parkway and U. S. Highway 42 (10050 Industrial Parkway) in Jerome Township. Please stop and honor all those who have given us our freedom. Abraham Lincoln will deliver a message.

For more information, visit the Jerome Township Civil War Memorial Facebook site HERE.

There will also be a Plain City Veterans Day Celebration sponsored by the American Legion Post 248, VFW, and Darby Post 3268 from 10:30-11:30 am on Friday, November 10 at the Plain City Elementary School, 580 South Chillicothe Street. Music will be presented by the Jonathan Alder Band.

The photo is of our dad, Bob Timmons, when he was in the Navy in the late 1960’s. We want to thank him and all our veterans for their service.

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Vote NO on Issue 2!!

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The Ohio Pharmacists Association (OPA) is urging their pharmacist members to get the word out and tell their patients and community members to vote NO on Issue 2.

Pharmacy groups are not the only ones who are opposed to Issue 2, however. Doctors and nurses are also concerned that the ballot issue could increase the prices of medications for most Ohioans while also limiting the access to medications for people with lower incomes who use Medicaid. The Ohio Nurses Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, and nearly 60 total healthcare and professional groups are also opposing this initiative.

Even The Columbus Dispatch is advising their readers to vote NO.

So what is Issue 2 and why should you vote NO?

Issue 2, which is labelled as the “Ohio Drug Price Relief Act” is a deceptive drug pricing ballot initiative which, according to OPA, would “prohibit Ohio’s state government from paying any more for prescription drugs than the lowest price paid by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).”

While it may seem like a good idea for the state of Ohio to only pay as much as the VA for medicine and, therefore, save money, there are a number of reasons why it is not.

  • There is no guarantee that pharmaceutical companies will continue to give the VA huge rebates and price breaks. Instead, they could just decide to increase the costs for the VA if this initiative passes and costs would skyrocket for everyone.
  • To make up for their losses in giving price breaks to the state of Ohio, pharmaceutical companies could raise prices for everyone else except the VA and the state as they are not required to charge the same prices to everyone. Therefore, the government would get a benefit, but working Ohioans would end up paying more.
  • The VA has their own formulary of medications that they use in order to receive rebates from drug companies. Certain medications are excluded from this list. Using the VA formulary could restrict access to certain medicines for patients covered by the state if those medications are not on the VA’s formulary.
  • The costs would not be lowered for Ohioans who receive their insurance through private insurance and are not covered by state programs.
  • The costs for Medicare recipients will not be lowered. Medicare is a federal program, not a state program, so this is not covered under this ballot initiative.

Visit the “Vote No on Issue 2” website HERE to find out more.

Read the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Issue 2 HERE.

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Independent Pharmacy Rated Highest in J. D. Power’s Annual Survey.

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Each year, J. D. Power rates pharmacies and the profession of pharmacy. In the 2017 ranking, which was just released in September, J. D. Power found that Good Neighbor Pharmacy (of which we are a part as an independent retail drugstore) “ranks highest overall among brick-and-mortar chain drug stores.”

What does that ranking mean? It means that independent pharmacies, under the umbrella of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy label, are the most loved and highest rated among all pharmacies.

Good Neighbor Pharmacy features the slogan we love and that you see broadcast on our windows: “Locally Owned. Locally Loved.” We think that slogan sums up the J. D. Power rating.

To read the J. D. Power survey, go HERE.

Additionally, each year, Gallup takes a look at the honest and ethical standards among various professional fields. In healthcare, pharmacists and nurses typically rank number one and number two with having very high standards. Not surprisingly, Congress ranks at the very bottom of the ratings with 59% of respondents saying their honesty and ethics were very low.

At the end of 2016, pharmacists came in second place after nurses in the annual Gallop poll. The polling showed that 67% of those who were surveyed thought pharmacists were very honest and ethical. Nurses, by the way, were rated very honest and ethical by 84% of respondents.

To see the Gallup listing, please go HERE.

The National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA) CEO, B. Douglas Hoey, RPh, MBA, issued the following statement about the Gallup survey: “We commend community pharmacists across the country on their impressive showing in the latest Gallup survey of Americans’ views of honesty and ethical standards. People continue to hold pharmacists in very high regard. In this survey covering 22 professions, pharmacists are the second most trusted. 

“It is time for payers and policymakers to better utilize the accessibility, expertise and public trust in pharmacists. NCPA will carry that message into 2017 as health care reform efforts accelerate and the shift toward a value-based care system continues.”

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