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Mythbusters: COVID-19 Vaccine Addition. By Our Student Pharmacist, Adam Storc.

As the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine ramps up to include more and more people, there have been a number of people concerned about receiving the vaccine due to potential side effects or allergic reactions. In the post below, I will explain the side effects that you can expect from the vaccine and demystify the possible severe side effect of anaphylaxis.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine make me sick or give me COVID?

  • All of the currently approved COVID 19 vaccines being given do not contain any live virus and, as a result, cannot infect you with the COVID-19 virus. The approved vaccines are mRNA vaccines which introduce an inactive piece of the virus to your immune system so that your body learns to recognize it and can fight off the real virus in the future. You may develop flu-like symptoms after receiving the vaccine, such as soreness or headaches, but this is due to your immune system building antibodies to fight the vaccine (not because you are sick) and should pass after a few days at most.

After you receive your vaccines, you will not test positive for current infection if you get a COVID-19 test, but you may test positive for the COVID antibodies due your body having built up defenses against future exposure to the virus. This controlled introduction of the inactive virus piece into your system allows you to build up the resistance to COVID-19 without requiring you to get infected in the first place. As a bonus, if the vaccine prevents you from contracting COVID-19, then you cannot spread the virus to other people since it isn’t present in your system (though it is essential that you get both doses of the vaccine for maximum efficacy).

I heard that you could have an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine and can even die from it. Is it worth the risk?

Yes. The vaccine does have the possibility to cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to ingredients contained in the vaccine or who have had allergic reactions to vaccines in the past. HOWEVER, this is also the case for any other vaccine you may receive such as the flu vaccine or the shingles vaccine. To prepare for this, the medical provider giving you the vaccine will ask you many questions about your potential for a reaction and, if they think you may be at risk, will watch you closely after the injection and get you to the hospital if necessary.

How common are anaphylactic (severe allergic reactions) with the COVID vaccines? Below is a picture of the current number of anaphylactic reactions for the state of Ohio for a few different vaccines from the Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System. These numbers are for every 50 vaccines given, so 2/50 COVID vaccines have had reported anaphylactic reactions whereas the pneumonia vaccine has the same 2/50 ratio and certain flu vaccines have had as many as 14/50 anaphylactic reactions. All in all, your risk of an anaphylactic reaction is very low and medical personal will be on-site in case of an emergency.

COVID reaction numbers

 

 

 

Meet Our First Year Student Pharmacist, Jadelyn Cheng, at Happy Druggist on Karl Road.

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This month, we are joined at Happy Druggist on Karl Road by Jadelyn Cheng a first-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Jadelyn will graduate in May 2024 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Jadelyn will be with us for several months as she completes her rotation, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store.

Here is what Jadelyn tells us about herself:

My name is Jadelyn Cheng and I will serve as the IPPE student at Happy Druggist on Karl Road! I am in my first year of pharmacy school at The Ohio State University, serving as our class president and graduating with my PharmD in May 2024.

I am from Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a suburb not too far from Columbus, and graduated from Reynoldsburg High School eSTEM Academy in 2016. While there, I was heavily involved in Ohio Model United Nations, varsity tennis, and EFCTS’s Bioscience Technologies program. My senior year of high school, I was accepted into the College of Pharmacy’s Early Assurance Program, ensuring my spot in the pharmacy school!

I graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences last May. Still in the early days of pharmacy school, I hope to pursue a career in advocacy and education, both in community pharmacy and academia.

Outside of the pharmacy, I enjoy writing, calligraphy, and taking care of my many, many houseplants!

 

Meet Our Second Student Pharmacist for January, Sam Berens.

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This month, we are also joined in the pharmacy by Sam Berens, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Sam will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Sam will be with us in Plain City, but besides working in the pharmacy, he will also be doing some special projects next door in the office with Joe. Please make him feel welcome if you see him in the store.

Here is what Sam tells us about himself:

My name is Sam Berens and I am a fourth year College of Pharmacy student at The Ohio State University.  I am currently a student pharmacist for the month of January at Plain City Druggist.

I was born and raised in Centerville, Ohio, which is a suburb in Dayton.  I also attended OSU as an undergrad where I received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science. 

I recently got married last month (December) and love spending time with my wife and our cat and dog.  Some of my favorite hobbies at home include exercising, watching tv, and cooking.  Most importantly, I just always feel a need to stay busy.

I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, but it took me a while to figure out which career path was best for me.  I had not considered pharmacy as my career path until I got a job as a technician at Kroger pharmacy.  I enjoyed my work as a technician for two and half years until I started pharmacy school. 

In pharmacy school, I chose to pursue other aspects of pharmacy, so I got an internship at the James Cancer Hospital where I compound chemotherapy.  I have enjoyed learning the different career paths that pharmacy has to offer throughout school.

This last year of pharmacy school, I have had the opportunity to experience many other different types of pharmacy careers and due to the numerous other opportunities that are available, I am still trying to figure out what aspect of pharmacy best suits me.  In the end, I would just like to have a job that makes me happy to go to each day where I can focus on patient care and help everyone that I encounter. 

As a future pharmacist and healthcare professional, my primary focus will always be to help every patient as much as possible.  I have found that a lot of my family and friends do not know much about the rigorous schooling pharmacists have to go through, and therefore do not know what all a pharmacist is capable of in practice.  Pharmacists are the most accessible healthcare professionals and are always ready to help any patient in need.  It is my goal to make others understand our abilities so that everyone is provided optimal healthcare. 

Most people taking medications are often receiving multiple medications from various doctors.  This can cause issues because it is difficult for all the physicians to communicate with each other.  The common thread between all these prescribed medications is the pharmacist, so it is our job to make sure that what is being prescribed makes sense and is safe for our patients. 

It is my goal to continue furthering the field of pharmacy to better healthcare for everyone.

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Please Welcome Our January Student Pharmacist, Adam Storc, who will be in Plain City and West Jefferson.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy by Adam Storc, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Adam will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Adam will be with us in Plain City the last two weeks of the month and in West Jefferson at the beginning of January, so please stop by and meet him while he is in both locations.

Here is what Adam tells us about himself:

Hello. My name is Adam Storc, and I am a fourth-year pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I am currently on my final year of practical experience rotations and will be spending the month of January at both Plain City Druggist and Happy Druggist in West Jefferson.

I attended The Ohio State University for my undergraduate degree and am currently pursuing my PharmD there as well. While in school, I’ve worked in retail pharmacy and telepharmacy.

On a personal note, I am the proud owner of both a hedgehog and a dog, and an avid reader and chef in my free time.

The reason I chose pharmacy as a career is not necessarily a glamourous one, but it is true and has worked out well for me so far. I do not come from a family in medicine, but rather a family of construction workers. My dad always wanted a better career for me, so I focused on school as a kid and looked towards healthcare as a potential option. The idea of pursuing pharmacy actually came as a suggestion from my father, because he heard about a friend’s son who went to work as a pharmacist in Alaska and knew that it was a stable, well-paying job. With that in mind, I started looking at colleges with pharmacy schools and didn’t think much further than that.

Over the next few years, however, my dad had a heart attack and was started on many medications that we were unfamiliar with. One day, he and I were shopping and swung by the pharmacy, and the pharmacist very politely told us he wouldn’t fill my dad’s medications. We asked why and, long story short, the doctor had written for medications that interacted and the pharmacist had to reach out to the doctor to fix the problem. Seeing the pharmacist’s knowledge actually have a personal impact on my family is what made the choice of pharmacy clearer to me.

My plans on my career as a pharmacist currently are leaning towards additional training through two years of residency experience. I would like to specialize in pain management/palliative care or ambulatory care pharmacy and to stay in the Columbus area, if possible.

Both of these specialties allow me to apply my knowledge to customize medication regimens in order to best suit patients. Eventually, I see myself  working in a hospital or smaller clinic and, perhaps one day, teaching/precepting pharmacy students at OSU in a few years.

Please Welcome Sandy Saleh Our Student Pharmacist for December From The Ohio State University.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy by Sandy Saleh, a fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.

Sandy will graduate in May 2021 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Sandy will be with Meghan, Tayler, and the staff throughout December, so please stop by and meet her while she is in the store.

Here is what Sandy tells us about herself:

My name is Sandy Saleh and I am a fourth year College of Pharmacy student at The Ohio State University. I am currently a student pharmacist for the month of December at Plain City Druggist.

I was born and raised in Westerville, Ohio with eight other siblings! I am very family oriented and I knew I wanted to stay in Columbus around my family for college. I chose to attend The Ohio State University for my undergraduate degree.

I decided to go the pharmacy route my first year of my undergraduate study. My father was actually the one to recommend pharmacy because he knew I was interested in the healthcare field. He works alongside many professions and thought pharmacy would be a good fit for me.

I began by taking science related classes and got a job as a technician at a pharmacy. I enjoyed the work I did as a technician and was impressed to learn the behind the scenes career of a pharmacist. That led me to continue on to get a Bachelors of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences and right into pharmacy school after graduation.

I enjoyed working at a community pharmacy all throughout school and I initially wanted to continue on as a community pharmacist at my current location after I graduated. However, during my last year of school doing rotations, I got to experience many different types of pharmacist careers and I am now undecided on where I want to end up after school.

One rotation that stuck out to me was at Charitable Pharmacy. I built amazing connections with underserved patients, and had the ability to help patients understand their own healthcare, as well as be their advocate.

No matter where I end up in my career, I know that my main focus will be patient care for the underserved.

As a future pharmacist, I know that I want to help all patients as much as I can. Pharmacists are the front line of healthcare and they are more accessible than other forms of healthcare. Most people on medications have multiple doctors that do not thoroughly communicate with each other. This can lead to misunderstandings that can confuse a patient. When patients do not understand their own health or medications, this can lead to dangerous problems that affect the patient. Not only is it dangerous for a patient’s health, but also ends up costing money and time for all of healthcare. This is where pharmacists can make a huge difference. People may have many doctors, but they usually stick to the same pharmacist or pharmacy.

If given the time and resources, a pharmacist could keep up with the most accurate medications, providers and insurance list for their patients. Pharmacists should also be more involved with a patient’s treatment. Many “symptoms” that a patient has could be due to a medication or if a medication is not “working” that could be due to misuse or adherence barriers. A pharmacist has the right tools to recognize these and advocate for the patient.

I want to help shape pharmacy into providing better healthcare to all patients, especially to underserved patients with less health literacy and lack of access.