As of November 20, 2019, 2,290 cases of e-cigarette
or vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI) have been reported to CDC
from 49 states. CDC continues to work closely with FDA, states, public health
partners, and clinicians on this investigation. While the CDC is still looking
into other chemicals of concern to EVALI, CDC recommends that people should not
use THC-containing e-cigarette or vaping products, particularly from informal
sources like friends, or family, or in-person or online dealers. While this
investigation is ongoing, vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette
or vaping products.
What are E-Cigarettes/Vaping products?
E-cigarettes work by heating a liquid to produce
an aerosol that users inhale into their lungs.
The liquid can contain: nicotine,
tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and
additives. THC is the psychoactive mind-altering compound of marijuana that
produces the “high”.
E-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young
adults, pregnant women, or adults who do not currently use tobacco products.
While e-cigarettes have the potential to benefit
some people and harm others, scientists still have a lot to learn about whether
e-cigarettes are effective for quitting smoking. 1
What is the CDC Recommending?2
Do not use THC-containing e-cigarette or vaping
Do not modify or add any substances to
e-cigarette or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer,
including products purchased through retail establishments.
Adults who continue to use an e-cigarette or
vaping product, should carefully monitor themselves for symptoms and see a
healthcare provider immediately if they develop symptoms like those reported in
Tria Health and Tobacco Cessation
For employers that offer Tria Health’s Tobacco
Cessation Program, Tria provides free confidential counseling with a clinical
pharmacist. If you ready to quit smoking, Tria Health’s pharmacist will assist
you in managing your medications and finding a treatment plan that works for
As Halloween approaches, it can be stressful as a diabetic,
to be surrounded by so many sweets and treats. While it’s true that you won’t
be able to snack on a whole bowl of candy, there are still many recipes that
can be enjoyed in moderation. To help you get through this spooky season, we’ve
compiled a list of our favorite diabetic-friendly recipes:
Happy National Pharmacists Month! The goal of this month is
to recognize pharmacists for the significant role they play in effective
medication management, patient education and overall medication safety. Learn
more about how pharmacists can help you every day.
Safe and Effective Medication Use
Pharmacists help ensure that medications control conditions
the right way. They help minimize any side effects and safeguard against any
possible interactions with other medications that lead to more expensive health
care costs such as emergency room visits, hospitalization, etc.
Did you know that more than 300,000 immunization-trained
pharmacists administer vaccines, and nearly one in four adults receive their
influenza vaccinations at their community pharmacy?1 Pharmacists can
provide guidance on all vaccine-preventable diseases and which immunizations
are best for you.
OTCs and Supplements
Pharmacists are experts in prescription medications,
supplements and over the counter medications. They can tell you about potential
interactions with foods, other drugs, or dietary supplements. And they can help
you pick the perfect product. With over 100,000 over-the-counter products on
the market, your pharmacist is always there to lend a helping hand!1
Did you know that pharmacists are experts and more than just
medications? They are trained and educated in how to manage conditions as
a whole. Tria Health has pharmacists who are certified diabetic educators on
staff. This allows them to treat the person rather than the
medication. They focus on non-pharmacy and pharmacy strategies to accomplish
control of a disease.
Tria Health’s Pharmacists
Tria Health was founded on the belief that pharmacists play
a vital role in the management of high-risk patients that drive the majority of
health care spend. If Tria Health is currently a part of your healthcare plan,
call the Tria Health Help desk today for any of your medication-related
Is your schedule busier than usual with your kids
going back to school? Are you struggling to prepare healthy meals because it
feels like there’s not enough time in the day? Meal planning can help! Meal
planning can help you from struggling to figure out what to cook every night
along with helping you save money. You’ll also be more likely to eat out less
and improve the health of both you and your family.
How to Choose your Recipes1
The most important aspect of meal planning is
picking the recipes and getting everything prepped. Before you get started, be
sure to consider:
Your Schedule: Are you planning for lunch or dinner? If dinner, how many nights will you want to make at home? You’ll need to know a general idea of how many meals you’ll want to prepare.
Cooking Recipes You Know: You’re much more likely to cook and eat recipes you’re familiar with. Start with building the habit and then work towards adding a new recipe or two each week.
Pick Recipes Based on Common Ingredients: Avoid wasted food and save money by reducing the number of ingredients you’ll need for your meals.
Get your Portions Right2
Creating healthy meals starts at the plate. That’s
why the food pyramid has been replaced with a plate. As you see, half of your
plate should be fruits and vegetables, preferably nonstarchy vegetables. Good
choices include spinach, carrots, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower,
tomatoes, cucumbers, beets and peppers. Grains fill another section. Choose
brown rice, whole-wheat pasta or whole-wheat tortillas. Protein completes the
plate. Healthy options include chicken or turkey without the skin, fish and
other seafood, beans, soy, and lean cuts of beef and pork. Round out your meal
with an 8-ounce glass of fat-free milk.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting
health care professionals and patients to a voluntary recall of
over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine tablets (75 mg and 150 mg), labeled by
Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite-Aid and manufactured by Apotex Corp. This
medication is being recalled due to low levels of a nitrosamine impurity. The
agency encourages patients and health care professionals to report any adverse
reaction to the FDA’s MedWatch
Why is it being recalled?
NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen
(a substance that could cause cancer) based on results from laboratory tests.
NDMA is a known environmental contaminant and found in water and foods,
including meats, dairy products and vegetables.
What products are recalled?
The affected Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsule can
be identified by NDC numbers stated on the product label. The affected Sandoz
Ranitidine includes 30 count, 60 count and 500 count bottles in the following
lots. The product can be identified by the NDC number and lot number provided
above. Sandoz Ranitidine Hydrochloride Capsules were distributed nationwide to
FDA is not recommending individuals stop taking all ranitidine medicines at this time.
Consumers taking OTC ranitidine could consider using other OTC products approved for their condition.
Patients taking prescription ranitidine who wish to discontinue use should talk to their health care professional about other treatment options. Multiple drugs are approved for the same or similar uses as ranitidine.
Contact your Tria Health pharmacist today for
additional assistance with the recall process: 1.888.799.8742