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Archive for July, 2021

2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS. By Our Student Pharmacist, Taylor Law.

The summer 2020 Olympics are about to begin–just a year late!

From July 23 to August 8, a total of 46 different sports will be competing ranging from swimming to table tennis. This year 206 different countries will be participating in the Olympics.

Last summer was the fourth time in history the summer games did not go on as planned every four years. Since 1896, the games have been played every four years with the exception of 1916 due to WWI, 1940 & 1944 due to WWII.

The Olympics are considered the world’s largest sports competition. The heart behind the Olympic games is to allow different parts of the world to come together in the spirit of friendly competition.

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The Olympic Rings 

The symbol of the Olympic rings we see today was introduced in 1913.

According to the official Olympics website, “The Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympics Games.”

Not one color represents a certain continent, but is to show the unity between all the continents. The colors come as a representation of the colors in the unique flags from all the representing countries. Each ring is equal in size and is interlocking to represent the unified world.

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Olympic History 

The Olympics began back in Ancient Greece. Not only was it a competitive sporting event, it was also a religious event.

The Olympic flame is an important symbol of the Olympics with interesting history. The lighting of the torch is symbolic of the ancient Greek myth when Prometheus stole fire from the god Zeus and gave it to humans.

Before each Olympics, the torch is lit in a special ceremony at the site of ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. The lit torch travels around Greece and goes on a special journey to the city that is hosting the games. The torch is typically carried by different athletes.

The ending journey of the torch is during the opening ceremonies of the games. The torch is used to light a huge cauldron that will burn throughout the games. When the flame is put out that means the games are officially ended for that year. picture 2

Tokyo Games Random Facts 

Country with smallest population to participate: Naura (population = 11,500)

Naura is a small island located in the Pacific Ocean which is northeast to Australia.

Country to compete in most games without ever winning a gold medal: Monaco

Monaco has competed in 20 summer Olympics Games without ever winning a gold medal.

Number of athletes competing:  11,091 athletes

Number of athletes from Ohio State University competing: 26 buckeyes are heading to the 2020 Olympics

How much money has Tokyo spent to host?: About $15.4 billion has been spent on building the venues for the games


NBC Sports: https://www.nbcsports.com/northwest/tokyo-olympics/tokyo-olympics-numbers-participating-country-stats-and-facts#:~:text=There%20are%20206%20countries%20in,place%20in%20the%20history%20books

International Olympic Committee: https://olympics.com/ioc/olympic-rings, https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/sports/

AP News: https://apnews.com/article/tokyo-coronavirus-pandemic-2020-tokyo-olympics-japan-olympic-games-3c46bce81928865d9aae0832b5ddd9e3


Water Safety. By Our Student Pharmacist, Taylor Law.


What is the first thing you want to do on a hot summer day? Head to the pool of course!

Before heading over to the pool, we wanted to remind you about some water safety tips!

Water safety is extremely important to know at all ages. It only takes a moment for a tragedy to occur. A child is never too young to start learning how to be safe around any body of water.

Here are some facts about drownings in the United States you probably didn’t realize:

  • Drowning is a leading cause of death for children.
  • About 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning.
  • Behind birth defects, drowning is the next leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 4.
  • For children and adults with autism, drowning has been found to be a leading cause of death.

There is no depth of water that is deemed completely safe. Drownings can happen in bathtubs, pools, hot tubs, lakes, ponds, rivers, and oceans. For children younger than 5, the majority of drowning happens in pools.

Drowning also does not discriminate. It can affect any age, race, or economic status. If you are ever around water and someone doesn’t know how to swim, everyone should take extra caution to ensure no accidental drownings occur.

When planning to swim here are some tips to stay safe:

  • Never swim alone
  • Keep fences, gates, and doors to pools locked when not using them
  • Know how deep the water is and stay within in your limits
  • Always enter water feet first
  • Lifejackets or other floatation devices should be encouraged for those who do not know how to swim
  • Swim sober

Knowing what to do when an emergency occurs is also extremely important. If you’re with children near water and they go missing, the first place to look for them should be in the water. If a lifeguard is present, ask them for help also.

You will want to recognize when someone is struggling in water. An example of this is someone who is not making forward progression in the water or is completely vertical, bobbing up and down. If someone is struggling in the water you will want to get them out of the water, but you also never want to put yourself in danger. Always make sure the scene and area are safe for you to intervene.


What is the best thing you can do for your family to stay safe near water?

  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons from an early age.
  • Talk to your children about water safety and the rules about water.
  • Be able to recognize an emergency.
  • Always have lifejackets quickly and readily available.

If you are looking for swim lessons or want more information on water safety, the YMCA and Red Cross are great places to start looking. Here are their links:






Celebrate Happy Druggist West Jefferson’s 5-Year Anniversary on Saturday, July 17 from 9 am to 1 pm!


Happy Druggist in West Jefferson has been proudly serving the community for five years and we want to thank all of YOU for allowing us to help with your medication needs and questions!

Come join us for our 5-Year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, July 17 between 9 am to 1 pm! 

Pretty As a Princess Party event planners will be at the store from 10 am to noon offering face painting and balloon twisting.

Miller’s Olde Fashioned Ice Cream will be set up in the parking lot for some cool treats.

The Columbus Crew Cat will also be available to hang out and get photos between 10 am and noon.

The first twenty-five customers will receive free t-shirts. The first fifty customers will get goodie bags loaded with freebies!

After the party ends on Saturday, we’ll still be celebrating throughout the week.

  • July 19: Mystery Monday–Come in and find out what deal is waiting for you.
  • July 20: Two for Tuesday–Buy one and get one on all Good Neighbor Pharmacy brand products, as well as Truform Support Stockings.
  • July 21: Everyone Wins Wednesday–Seniors 60 and older get 20 percent off all over-the-counter (OTC) items. Everyone else gets 10 percent off!
  • July 22: Thank you Thursday–Get 10 percent off all out front merchandise all day long.
  • July 23: Wacky Quacky Friday–Pick a duck from our duck pond and you will get the percentage off that is written on the bottom of the duck. Plus, kids can pick out a free rubber ducky.

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Come in any day to enter our prize drawing to win:

  • An iPad

The drawing for the iPad will be held on Friday, July 23 at noon.

For more information, stop by and see us or call: 614-879-8500

We’re open from 9 am to 6 pm weekdays, Saturday 9 am to 1 pm, and closed Sunday.

Being here the last five years has been a great experience! Thank you for allowing us to serve you. We hope to continue your care for the next five years and beyond!


Triathlons Say What? By Our Student Pharmacist, Taylor Law.

A triathlon is a multisport race consisting of swimming, cycling, and running over differing distances. I am training to do a triathlon in August, so I thought I would give you an insider’s view on what is involved.


There are multiple distances when it comes to a triathlon:

  • Sprint: 0.47 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
  • Olympic: 0.9 mile swim, 26.2 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
  • Half Iron Man: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
  • Iron Man: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run

Training for a Triathlon 

Most training plans suggest planning out time for 12 weeks of training. Depending on what your strengths and weaknesses are guides how you train. Each day of the week you have a different focus sport. One day is usually a “brick” workout. A brick workout is typically a bike training session followed by a short running training session to practice what you would do in a race.

A sample training plan is shown below.
picture 2Each training plan needs to be tailored to the athlete. For example, I am a strong swimmer, but not a great runner. Instead of swimming on Monday and Wednesday like the plan above, I run those days and then swim on Thursday.

On competition day, triathletes wear tri-suits. They are a special one piece suits the athletes wears for the swim, bike, and run. The suits are a special material that dries fast on the bike. The suits also have a little butt padding for the bike to make it more comfortable. They are meant to be worn for all three lengths of the race to cut down on time in-between switching up the sport- essentially allowing the athlete to have a quicker time.

At the start of the race, athletes will swim. Once they are done with the swim, they will hop on their bikes and complete the biking portion. Once done with the bike, they will get off their bikes and immediately start the run portion of the race.

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Determining world record holders for triathlons becomes a little hard because in each race there is a small margin of error with depending on how long each distance is. Each race may have differing distances in the transition area (the area between the end of the swim and the start of the bike). Typically to honor athletes they do “world best”.

Right now the world best for the Olympic distance triathlons are:


  • Alistair Browlee at the London 2012 Olympics with a 1:46.25. His swim was 17:04, bike 59:08, and run was 29.08
  • Vincent Luis at the 2019 WTS Yokohama race with a 1:43.21. His swim was 17:41, bike 54:07, and run was 30:21.


  • Emma Snowsill at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a 1:58.27. Her swim was 19:51, bike 1:04.20, and run was 33:17.
  • Katie Zaferes at the 2019 WTS Yokohama race with a 1:52.12. Her swim was 18:46, bike 58.06, and run was 34.07.

For the Olympic distance of a triathlon, professional high caliber athletes complete triathlons in about two hours or less.

Top age group athletes complete triathlons in the range of 2-2.5 hours.

A typical beginner time for a triathlon typically is in the range for 3-3.5 hours.






Please Welcome Taylor Law Our Student Pharmacist from The Ohio State University for the Month of July.


This month, we are joined at Plain City Druggist by Taylor Law, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Taylor will graduate in May 2022 with her PharmD degree and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Taylor will be with Meghan, “the other Tayler”, and the staff here in Plain City throughout July, so please stop by and meet her while she is here.

Here is what Taylor tells us about herself:

Hi there! My name is Taylor Law. I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). I am a student pharmacist on rotation at Plain City Druggist for the month of July.

I am originally from Wapakoneta, OH, but have lived in Columbus for the last seven years. I became interested in pharmacy when I was in high school, because I loved chemistry. My chemistry teacher’s husband was a pharmacist and taught at The University of Findlay. The summer after my sophomore year of high school, my chemistry teacher convinced me to go to pharmacy camp at Findlay and from that moment on I was hooked on all things pharmacy.

Through the years, I have grown from loving the science aspect of pharmacy to loving how the science aspect can positively change patients’ lives. Pharmacists are the most accessible health care professionals and can make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Most of my pharmacy experience has been more in a hospital setting. In undergrad, I worked at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus as a pharmacy technician. Once I got into pharmacy school and became a first-year student, I stayed on staff and became an intern. I love the challenge of caring for patients acutely. I also very much enjoy the interprofessional teamwork that is accomplished in the hospital to take care of patients.

I have never worked in an independent pharmacy, so this month I am extremely excited to be challenged, grow, and learn in an environment I am not used to.

Outside of all things pharmacy, I am a very active girl. I coach swimming and work as a pool receptionist at Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington. I also am training for a triathlon! I am doing a triathlon in August in Charlottesville, VA. Out of the swimming, biking, and running, my favorite part of the triathlon is the biking part.

So that is a little about me. I cannot wait to begin to get to know everyone at Plain City Druggist this month!