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National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

By AHS | October 10, 2010

  The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Wednesday joined forces to kick off their annual National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month to raise awareness of the dangers of youth prescription and over-the-counter medicine abuse.



This initiative, annuallyheld in October, features a coordinated and concentrated effort to educate parents and youth of the potential dangers associated with prescription and OTC medicine abuse.



According to the 2009 Monitoring the Future Survey, considered the preeminent national study on teen substance abuse, 5% o

Medicaid reimbursements should adhere to healthcare-reform law provisions

By AHS | October 07, 2010

  The National Community Pharmacists Association is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to follow guidance that Congress included in the healthcare-reform law in its implementation of a new Medicaid generic drug reimbursement formula based on average manufacturer price, the organization said Tuesday.



CMS recently withdrew provisions that would have dramatically cut Medicaid pharmacy reimbursement to community pharmacies from a previously proposed AMP rule due to an injunction that the NCPA obtained in 2007.


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Market Street pharmacies roll out $4 Rx, OTC medications program

By AHS | October 05, 2010






A local supermarket chain is offering $4 prescription and over-the-counter medications at its pharmacies.



Market Street, which operates under the United Supermarkets banner,is extending its health-and-wellness philosophy just in time for the cough-cold season, the company said. Market Street pharmacies service the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas.



“We consider our DFW guests to be a part of our Market Street family, and, as such, there’s nothing more important to us than their total health and wellness,” said Tim Purser, business director of pharmacy for Market Street’s parent company

Listen to Your Pharmacist

By AHS | October 05, 2010

  Today in the United States, we have a growing problem around the proper usage of and adherence to medications. It is quickly becoming America's "other drug problem." Patients commonly forget to take their medications, and sometimes just choose not to take them. Many consumers may not understand the implications of incorrectly taking their medications, and the symptoms may be unnoticeable or be relatively minor, like a small headache. But not adhering properly to a medication routine can drastically alter treatment effectiveness and possibly be life-threatening.



Many consumers may not even know they are

Medicine Safety Tips for American Pharmacist Month

By AHS | October 04, 2010


  October is recognized nationally as American Pharmacist Month, and it represents a good time to start up or renew a relationship with your local pharmacist.



Even if you buy your prescription medicines through a mail-order service, a local pharmacist can be an invaluable resource for questions about over-the-counter (OTC) products as well as supplements and vitamins.



If you are concerned about whether or not it is safe to combine prescription drugs with other medicines or supplements, or if you have any questions about the effect of certain medicines, you can ask your pharmacist. You can also call your local





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