Storing Medications: Why You Have to Take Special Precautions During the Summer

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Storing medication at high temperatures can greatly decrease its effectiveness. Learning how to store your prescription properly could save you from taking useless or dangerous medication.

Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of over-the-counter and prescription medication. Pharmaceutical manufacturers suggest that almost every form of medication be stored in a temperature-controlled room between 58 and 86 degrees.

Take special precautions when transporting and storing these medications and always follow any additional instructions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor. Continue reading

The Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Summer Sunburns

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Sunburns should be avoided as much as possible all year-round, but special caution needs to be taken during the summer months when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are most harmful.

According to a survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation, 42% of poll respondents become sunburned at least once per year. It only takes as little as 15 minutes for the sun’ UV rays to damage your skin.

Even minor sunburns can be dangerous: any sunburn that causes your skin to become red, hot, or painful increases your risk of sun damage. Second-degree burns—burns that form blisters or cause peeling—increase your risks of developing skin cancer exponentially. Continue reading

What Is Prior Authorization? Why Do I Need One for My Prescription?

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Your insurance company may ask for prior authorization before agreeing to cover the cost of certain medications. Understanding how prior authorization works and how to request it can help you to reduce delays in receiving your medication.

What is Prior Authorization?

Prior authorization is a process used to determine if your insurance company will cover a prescribed procedure, service, or medication. To authorize certain prescriptions, your insurance company will request that your prescribing doctor provide more information about your medical needs. This information helps determine if your insurance company will provide coverage for the cost of your medication. Continue reading

What Is the Difference Between Name Brand and Generic Medicines?

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When you are considering a generic version of your prescription, talk to your pharmacist about the differences before you make a decision.

If you have long wondered about the difference between brand name and generic medicines, you are not alone. It is a subject that comes up often during consultations with our pharmacy customers. While each type serves the same purpose, generics are usually significantly cheaper than brand name drugs. But in some cases, generic versions of your prescription are not available. Your body make not even react the same way if you were to switch to an available generic version. So, what are the main differences and which should you choose? Continue reading