January 12th is National Pharmacist Day!
Pharmacists do so much more than just dispense prescriptions. They have a
wealth of knowledge to assist patients with safe medication use, potential drug
interactions as well as preventative services and over the counter medications.
Take the time this Saturday to thank your pharmacist for everything they do!
Pharmacists are Easily Accessible
Pharmacists are often available when other health
care providers are not, and most often do not require you to schedule an
appointment to ask questions about your healthcare needs.
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,
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
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
If you take multiple medications, it can be a huge ordeal to keep track of everything; Whether you need to take them in the morning or evening, what your dosage is or if you need to take them with a meal. Medication management can get even more challenging if you have children in your household. It’s important to not only safely store your medicine but also know how to talk to your kids about medication safety.
While most parents know to store medicine in a high cabinet or an unreachable location, it’s important not to forget that there are products you might not immediately consider to be medicine, such as vitamins, eye drops, or foot cream, but they still need to be stored in a secure location.
It’s also important to be alert to visitors’ medicine. If you have a friend or family member staying with you, be sure to check and make sure all their personal belongings are stored in a safe location.
Get Rid of Medicine Safely
When cleaning out your medicine cabinet, make sure you dispose of them properly. Avoid throwing them away in the trash or even flushing them down the toilet. The best method of getting rid of unused medicine is finding a local drug take back program. You can find a location HERE.
Talking to Your Kids
It’s important to educate children about proper medication use. Here are a few tips from safekids.org regarding what to discuss with your children:
Teach your child that medicine should always be given by an adult. It’s important for kids to know that they should not take medicine on their own. Parents and caregivers can help make sure they are taking it correctly.
Don’t refer to medicine as candy. While saying medicine is candy may make it easier to get your child to take medicine, it may encourage them to try it on their own.
Model responsible medication behavior. What kids see us doing is a much stronger message than what we tell them to do. Make sure to store medicine out of reach of children, read drug facts and prescription labels before taking medicine and follow the recommended dose.
If you have any additional questions regarding your medications,
reach out to the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742