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Meet Our Student Pharmacist, Jeff Pitts, for August at Happy Druggist on Karl Road.

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Besides Mackenzie and Moe, who are student pharmacists helping at Plain City Druggist this month, we also have a student pharmacist for the month of August at Happy Druggist on Karl Road. Jeff Pitts is from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy and will be graduating in May 2019. Please make sure you stop in and meet Jeff this month.

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

My name is Jeff and I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University, expecting to graduate in the spring of 2019 with my PharmD. In 2015, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. During my undergraduate studies, I had jobs at three pharmaceutical companies as an organic chemistry intern where I primarily worked in a lab synthesizing novel organic molecules.

I grew up in a blue-collar family in Taunton, Massachusetts where my dad worked as a truck driver and my mother raised my younger brother and me. Growing up, my parents always stressed going to college so we would not have to work long hours at a physically demanding job. They always stressed finding a career.

After completing my third internship during my junior year at Northeastern, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career that would give me the opportunity to work with patients and have a more direct impact on their care.

For the past two years, I have been working as an inpatient pharmacy intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where I work in the emergency department performing medication reconciliation along with assisting pharmacists during code and trauma situations. My career goal in pharmacy has always been to complete a two-year pharmacy residency program. Over the last year, I have grown to develop a passion for critical care and emergency pharmacy.

In my spare time I like to be active, whether that is going to the gym to work out, playing or watching hockey, or exploring Columbus.

I am excited to be here at Happy Druggist Pharmacy during the month of August where I will gain crucial experience working in a community pharmacy along with interacting with the many amazing patients that visit the pharmacy every day. I look forward to meeting you!

 

Please Welcome Our Second Student Pharmacist for August, Moe Hamad.

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We introduced you to Mackenzie Gill in a previous post. Mackenzie and Moe are both rotating with us for the month of August in the pharmacy. Moe is also a fourth year student at The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy and will graduate in May 2019 with his PharmD degree.

Here is what Moe tells us about himself:

My name is Mohammad Hamad, but everyone calls me Moe. I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and went to Oakland University (Rochester, MI) for my undergraduate studies. I am a P4 student on my second rotation.

Currently, I work at CVS pharmacy in Dublin, OH and my ultimate goal after graduating will be to open an independent pharmacy in Michigan. My passion for pharmacy started at a young age and is directly tied to independent pharmacy. The local independent pharmacist is a family friend, and the way he treated my mother and me when we would pick up our medication had a personal touch. That connection he made on those visits is something I still remember to this day and was one of the top reasons why I entered healthcare. I was drawn in by the role of the independent pharmacist; an active member of the community who built relationships with his patients. Interest was sparked and the rest has been history!

Before pharmacy, I was a physical therapy major. I was drawn to physical therapy for the same reason I was drawn to pharmacy–the relationship between healthcare professional and patient. The patient trusts us to know what is best for them. It is our duty to reach out and make sure the patient gets the best quality of care. It is also our responsibility as a healthcare professional to ensure the highest quality of care. It is easier to meet the standard of care when you develop a personal relationship with the patient. A month into physical therapy school, I realized, for a variety of reasons, that this profession was not for me. After deep contemplation, I ultimately decided that pharmacy was the path for me.

In October of 2017, my older brother, who is also a pharmacist, opened his first pharmacy in Battle Creek, Michigan. Even though I have been busy with school, I have been a part of his journey and it’s been an interesting few months. There have been so many lessons that we have both learned that took us by surprise. One of the more pleasant experiences has been becoming part of the community through active leadership and seminars. It has gotten me more excited for my future in pharmacy!

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Please Meet Our August Student Pharmacist, Mackenzie Gill.

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We are so lucky to have two student pharmacists, Mackenzie and Moe, this month from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.  In this posting, we’d like to introduce you to Mackenzie.

Mackenzie Gill is a fourth year student who will graduate in May 2019 and then go on to practice as a pharmacist.

Here is what Mackenzie has to say about herself:

My name is Mackenzie and I am a fourth year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University, expected to graduate in spring of 2019 with my PharmD. I also received my Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences from Ohio State in 2015.

I was born and raised in Hilliard, OH. After living near downtown and campus over the past seven years, I am happily back to residing in Hilliard.

My decision to become a pharmacist did not spark from any crazy experience I had as child. Rather, both of my parents worked various jobs while I was growing up and were laid off during the recession in 2008. It hit our family hard and my parents struggled to make ends meet. At that time, I was in high school and my mother made me vow to her I would go to college and pursue a sustainable job, a career.

After research, and a memorable conversation with my high school counselor, I landed on pharmacy. I went into college majoring in pharmacy from day one, knowing that this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my working life. I knew it would satisfy both my desire to help people and my need for being challenged every single day. There is always something new to learn and I love that about this career choice!

My first job in a pharmacy was at Discount Drug Mart. After a couple of years working for them, I decided to switch things up and accepted a job offer at Walmart Pharmacy, which is where I still work today. Between the two, I have about seven years of experience working in a community pharmacy setting as both a technician and then as an intern.

Having been exposed to both a smaller chain and one of the nation’s largest chains, I feel confident that community pharmacy is where I wish to get a job once I graduate. I am excited to be here at Plain City Druggist for the month of August to gain exposure to the independent pharmacy world and to see if this is something I enjoy even more and wish to pursue in the future.

In my free time, you can find me with my two dogs, Dixie and Koda, that I am undeniably obsessed with. Dixie is a three-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mixed with Poodle. Koda is a 1.5 year old Beagle mix rescue. I love to take them hiking, swimming, kayaking, and anywhere else that is outdoors that allows us all to burn some energy. My ultimate dream job would be anywhere that I can work as a pharmacist and also work alongside my pups!

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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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A Short Guide to Everything You Need to Know About the “Flu.” By Our September Student Pharmacist, Chris Santos.

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What is the Influenza virus or “flu”?

The “flu” is a highly contagious virus that infects our respiratory system—nose, throat, and lungs.

A person experiencing an influenza infection may have:

  • fever/chills
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
  • cough
  • headache
  • runny or stuffy nose

These symptoms begin one to four days (average two days) after you are exposed to the virus.

How common is the “flu” virus infection?

  • Each year between October and February, the influenza virus infects approximately 5% to 20% of the United States population.

Who has the highest rate of “flu” infection?

  • Infants and young children have the highest rates of an influenza infection. An influenza infection is the leading cause of office and emergency department visits by infants and young children.

Who has the highest risk for complication, hospitalization, and death?

  • Adults aged 65 and older are at the highest risk for complications, hospitalization, and death.

How can I become infected with the “flu” virus?

  • The influenza virus spreads most commonly to those in close contact with an infected person who is sneezing or coughing. Although less common, the virus can also spread when a person touches an infected surface or object and then touches their mouth, eyes, or nose.

How do I prevent a “flu” virus infection?

  • The most important step you can take to prevent a “flu” infection is to get a flu shot. Even if you get the flu shot, you will experience fewer symptoms if you are infected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends frequent hand washes and staying away from those infected as additional prevention strategies. 

How long am I contagious with the “flu” infection?

  • You can spread the “flu” virus one day before experiencing “flu” like symptoms and five to seven days after becoming sick. Younger children and adults with a weaken immune system can spread the virus for a longer period.

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What should I know about flu vaccine?

  • The flu vaccine exposes your body to a dead virus strain to build your immune response.
  • Each year, scientists change the “flu” virus strain in the vaccine to predict the most prevalent virus.
  • The flu vaccine does not contain a live virus and it cannot cause you to experience symptoms of the flu.
  • It takes two weeks for your body to fully develop protection against the flu virus. You can get the flu within these two weeks, as you haven’t developed full protection—the full protection lasts the entire flu season.
  • The vaccine cannot provide protection against a flu virus not covered by the vaccine. Even though the strain may not exactly match, it can still offer you some protection.
  • Thimerosal, a preservative for the “flu” vaccine, does not cause any harm. Flu vaccines without a thimerosal preservative are available.

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Who should not get the flu vaccine?

  • If you have any severe allergic reactions to any components of the flu vaccine, please discuss this with you doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barre syndrome, please discuss this with your doctor.
  • If you are not feeling well, your pharmacist may ask you to come back another date when you are feeling better to get the vaccine.

What are some reactions to the flu vaccine?

  • Patients are most likely to experience injection site reaction of pain, redness, swelling, and soreness.
  • Other possible side effects include: hoarseness, cough, fever, aches, headache, itching, or fatigue.
  • To help manage local site reactions, apply cold compresses. You can also take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen to help.
  • If local site reactions worsen after three days or last longer than seven days, you should see your primary care physician.

These side effects occur immediately after the shot and last about one to two days.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

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