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Meet Our Student Pharmacist for April, T’Bony Jewell, From The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy and lab by T’Bony Jewell, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. T’Bony will graduate in May and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. She is also working to obtain her MBA! T’Bony will be with us throughout April, so please stop by and meet her while she is here. Show her the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what T’Bony has to say about herself:

My name is T’Bony Jewell, a fourth year student from The Ohio State University. I have spent the majority of my time working in community pharmacy serving the southern population of Columbus. I love the interactions that I get to have with patients during counseling sessions and getting to know them. My rotations so far have afforded me the opportunity to work in various pharmacy settings including an emergency department, small rural hospitals, and even in pharmacy association management. Working in so many different settings, I have found a love for process improvement and people development which led me to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.

Originally, I am from a small town in western Maryland, where my parents and brother still live. My sister is a bit closer, here in northeast Ohio. When I am not working or in class/rotations, I like to spend my time with family and friends. I have family in the Columbus area and have enjoyed being around to be a positive role model for my three young cousins. I also spend a lot of my time doing crafty DIY projects including dress making, painting, and decorating. Crafting provides me a way to be creative and simultaneously relieves stress.

I hope to break into pharmacy management in order to efficiently utilize pharmacy resources. Our patients and health care are the focus. I believe too many businesses forget that the bottom line is not always about profit, but how effective the care is that we provide. It is essential that patients have access to affordable care.

Plain City Druggist is the final of my nine rotations. The independent setting provides many opportunities to gain business planning and strategy experience.

I hope to quickly acclimate to your community and be a resource that you can reach out to during the month of April.

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Meet Our March Student Pharmacist, Deanna Clause, From The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy and lab by Deanna Clause, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Deanna will graduate in May and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Deanna will be with us throughout March, so please stop by and meet her while she is here. Show her the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what Deanna has to say about herself:

I am a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Most of my pharmacy experience has been within community pharmacy, but I have gained varied experiences with rotations at the Cleveland Clinic, free clinics around the Columbus area, and within other hospital systems. I look forward to completing one of my last rotations at Plain City Druggist before I graduate in May.

Whenever I have any free time away from rotations and work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends or visiting my fiancé in Cleveland. I love to spend time outside within the Cleveland Metro Parks or try new restaurants in the Cleveland area.

I also enjoy traveling whenever possible. One of my favorite travel destinations is an annual family trip. My family and I travel to Anna Maria Island, Florida every year to meet with family from all around the country.

I am in the process of applying for a residency that has an ambulatory care focus this upcoming year to transition into my first year as a pharmacist. This is an expanding area in pharmacy with growing opportunities for pharmacists to fill gaps in care. I am hoping to expand upon interests in teaching, geriatrics, and oncology upon completion of a residency and am excited about my future career in pharmacy.

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Safely Taking Over-the-Counter Pain Medications. By Our February Student Pharmacist, Nicholas Schroeder.

Some medications are available over-the-counter (OTC) to buy and for all individuals to take. These same medications can cause great harm in some individuals with certain illnesses. They can also cause harm to anyone if taken in too large of a dose or too often. We are here to help you make sure the medications you have in your cabinet are not going to cause you any harm.

Times that over-the-counter medication use are appropriate include, but are not limited to:

  • Mild to moderate pain which you have had before.
  • After speaking with a physician about a diagnosed issue.
  • Symptoms that have not been ongoing for more than seven days.

Speak with the pharmacist if you have any concerns about which product would be best for you.

Many individuals have chronic pain that may or may not be diagnosed, but can be treated. We want to make sure patients do not use too many pain medications together for their pains as this can be harmful. Bringing up these pains to the doctor when going in for a visit is always a good idea. The doctor can prescribe a medication or, at least, recommend something over-the-counter. In addition to pain medications, non-pharmaceutical ways to relieve pain, such as stretches and light exercise, should always be practiced.

Today we will go over the most common over-the-counter pain medications and some things to watch out for when taking each of these.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)– Keep daily use under 4000 mg. Make sure your other medications do not have hidden acetaminophen in them, as well, since large amounts can harm your liver. Individuals who have been diagnosed with liver issues or who heavily drink alcohol should not take this medication.
  • Ibuprofen (Advil)– Maximum over-the-counter daily dose is 1200 mg (6 tablets). If pain is not resolved by this dose, see your doctor to approve a prescription for the higher doses. Too high of a dose of ibuprofen can lead to stomach pain and ulcers. You can tell if you have an ulcer by the occurrence of black or tarry stools associated with stomach pain. Ulcers can lead to more serious issues, so speak with your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
  • Naproxen (Aleve)– Maximum dose is 660 mg (3 tablets). Naproxen is very similar to ibuprofen, but is advertised as better because it only needs to be taken once or twice daily as compared to ibuprofen which needs to be taken four to six times daily. Taking higher than the maximum dose can also lead to stomach pain and ulcers if the dose is too high for too long.
  • Aspirin– Maximum daily dose is 4000 mg. As pharmacists, we try to stay away from aspirin as it can cause increased bleeding risk, kidney injury, and stomach issues/heartburn if used in excess. Other medications have shown better results with fewer side effects.

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You may be saying to yourself, what about joint pain that is not taken care of by these medicines we have spoken about? Sometimes topical pain relievers such as creams, ointments, gels, or sprays are used to help with these kinds of pain.

Here are some tips when using topical pain relievers:

  • Do not use these on areas or joints which you use a brace on or wrap with warm compresses, as this will cause increased absorption and can cause blistering.
  • Wash your hands before and after applying medication.
  • Take warming patches off before sleep.

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So you have not had pain for a while at this point and have expired pain medications from your previous issue.

What should you do with these medications?

When prescriptions have expired or are no longer needed many people are unsure what to do with them. Here is how to handle that.

  • Local hospitals/some pharmacies will hold drug take back days to make sure drugs are off the streets.
  • Some firehouses or police stations will have drug drop off boxes where you can take your unused medications.
  • If you have no other way to get rid of medications, you can crush them up and put them in an undesirable medium such as coffee grounds or kitty litter.

Finally, whom should you call if you feel you have overdosed on these pain medications?

  • Call your pharmacy or doctor if you have taken an extra dose of your medication by accident.
  • Call poison control (800-222-1222) if you have taken more than one extra dose of your medication by accident and are not feeling right.

References:

  • Pain Management Over-The-Counter. Medicinenet.com Accessed January 9, 2017.
  • Lexicomp.com Accessed January 9, 2017.
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  • Lexicomp.com Accessed January 9, 2017.
  • How to Dispose of Unused Medicines. fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm. Accessed January 9, 2017.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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We want to wish everyone a very, very Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s not too late to stop in the pharmacy and get a gift and a card if you have waited until the last minute! We have lots of nice things for your sweetie.

We also wanted to wish our parents, Bob and Roberta Timmons, a very Happy Anniversary on Valentine’s Day.

Don’t you love how Joe and Greg jumped in and “photobombed” this picture with Mom and Dad? Joe looks pretty happy. Not sure what Mom and Dad are thinking! Greg just looks surprised (a common look for him!).

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Meet Nicholas Schroeder, Our Student Pharmacist for February at Happy Druggist on Karl Road.

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Besides Laura and Doug, who are student pharmacists helping at Plain City Druggist this month, we also have a student pharmacist for the month of February at Happy Druggist on Karl Road. Nicholas Schroeder is from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy and will be graduating in May. Please make sure you stop in and meet Nicholas this month.

Here is a bit more about Nicholas in his own words:

My name is Nicholas Schroeder and I am a 2017 PharmD candidate at The Ohio State University. I am excited to be part of the team for this month. I started my pharmacy career in a similar independent pharmacy. Ring’s pharmacy is the local independent in my hometown of Montpelier, Ohio. I started in high school, because of my interest in the fields of science and math. This led me to pursue a career in the medical field. I decided upon pharmacy, because I enjoyed getting to see the customers on a regular basis and forming great relationships with many of them.

I began my formal pharmacy education at OSU in 2009 and started working with CVS when I came to campus for school. Over the last seven years I have worked full time with CVS and have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I have grown as an individual from the experience and look forward to gaining insight from an independent community pharmacy in the urban setting.

My plan is to become a community pharmacist in North Carolina after graduation. I am very excited to be part of the healthcare team and part of one of the most trusted professions. I hope to lead patients to a better understanding of their medication regimen while also helping them by being their liaison to their physician.