Tips for Traveling with Medications

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Vacation season is here! As travel restrictions are being lifted for fully vaccinated people, it is time for some fun in the sun! Packing for any vacation can be stressful, especially if you have a chronic condition. If you take multiple medications, here are a few tips and tricks for traveling with your prescriptions to ensure they are kept safe and organized.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Plan ahead: Check your medication supply in advance. You will want to ensure you are bringing enough dosages to last your trip plus a few extra in case you are delayed. Give yourself enough time to refill your medications if you are running low. Your doctor should be able to work with your insurance company and pharmacy to get you the extra medications you need.1
  2. Prepare a dosage schedule: time zone changes can impact when you take your medications. Before you travel, talk to your doctor about creating a dosage schedule.1
  3. Documentation: To prove that your medications belong to you, it is recommended that you bring your prescriptions in their original containers.1

Medication Screening Process2

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that medications in pill or other solid form must undergo security screening. You can also bring any medically necessary liquids or creams, but they must be screened separately from the rest of your belongings.

  • You can bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts if it is screened.
  • While TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, some states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication.
  • It is recommended you place your medication in your carry-on in the event you need immediate access. You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage.
  • Medication in liquid form will be subject to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.

Tria Health is Here to Help

Have any questions regarding your medications and traveling? If Tria Health is offered through your benefits plan, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist can answer any of your medication-related questions.

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. Tips for Traveling With Prescription Drugs (tripsavvy.com)
  2. Can you pack your meds in a pill case and more questions answered | Transportation Security Administration (tsa.gov)

Can Your Medications Increase Your Sensitivity to The Sun?

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We’re all aware that most medications can have a variety of side effects, but did you know that one of them can be an increased sensitivity to the sun? There are a multitude of medications that can increase your risk of sunburn or even cause photosensitivity. Summer is almost here, so be sure you’re prepared to stay safe in the sun!

How Can a Medication Increase My Sun Sensitivity?1

Photosensitivity is a reaction set off by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and can result in two different reactions.

  1. Phototoxic Reaction: Occurs when UV radiation reacts with a drug to form compounds that damage the skin.
    • Results: Sunburn-like symptoms
  1. Photoallergic Reaction: This is less common, but usually happens when UV light changes a substance applied to the skin, causing an immune response.
    • Results: Bumps, hives, blisters, or red blotches

How to Prevent Sun Sensitivity2

  1. Check Your Meds: Check prescription medications to see if sun sensitivity is listed as a side effect.
  2. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water!
  3. Cover Up: Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing or try to stay in the shade as much as you can!

 

Questions?

Call the Tria Health Help Desk at 1.888.799.8742

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/beware-of-sunburn-boosters#1
  2. https://www.consumerreports.org/drugs/can-your-meds-make-you-more-sensitive-to-sun-and-heat/

Thank your Pharmacist – Today is National Pharmacist Day!

Today is the perfect time to learn more about the impact your pharmacist has on the health care system and what they can do for you.

PHARMACISTS ARE MEDICATION EXPERTS

Pharmacists are trained on a wide variety of different disease states, but their specialty focuses on how medications used to treat those diseases affect your health. They understand how medications work and identify medication interactions and problems, including those involving over-the-counter medications.

A pharmacist has the ability to look at all of your prescription medications as a whole to determine if your medications are safe, appropriate and effective to manage your health condition(s). They may also be able to assess if you’re taking medications you no longer need, if you have therapy duplication, if you’re missing a certain medication that is proven to help your specific condition(s), or if you’re taking something that could potentially be harmful to your health. The pharmacist may also be able to suggest alternative drug options to lessen side effects, or reduce your drug costs.

PHARMACISTS ARE THE MOST ACCESSIBLE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

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.

PHARMACISTS PROVIDE MUCH MORE THAN MEDICATION DISPENSING

Aside from dispensing medications, pharmacists can provide excellent counselling services about all medications (including herbal supplements) and a variety of different health conditions. Pharmacists play a major role in monitoring or managing multiple chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight loss, and tobacco use. In fact, it has been proven that patients have better overall health outcomes if a pharmacist is involved on their healthcare team. Pharmacists are also a major resource for administering vaccines to adults 12 years or older.

HOW TRIA HEALTH PHARMACISTS CAN HELP YOU

If you have one or more chronic conditions and take multiple medications, Tria Health has a Pharmacy Advocate Program available for you. The PA program offers one-on-one confidential counseling with a Tria Pharmacist to discuss how effective your medications are in treating your conditions. Your Tria Pharmacist will work with you and your physicians to reduce the risk of medication-related problems.

Want to learn more about Tria Health Pharmacists?

Call us toll-free at 1.888.799.8742 or visit our website at www.triahealth.com.

Drug Take Back Day is TOMORROW, October 28th!

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Tria Health is promoting the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day which is tomorrow October 28th, 2017 from 10am – 2pm.  To find a location near you, go to DEA Diversion website.

Disposing of medications safely can help protect your family from getting or using medications that are expired or out of date; prevent the illegal use of unused medications and minimize any potential negative impact on the environment. For this reason, the DEA is giving the public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription drugs. This is a FREE and anonymous service—take medications back, no questions asked!

What You Should Know  

The DEA can ONLY accept pills or patches. The DEA CANNOT accept liquids, needles or sharps.

Last April, Americans turned in over 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

This initiative addresses both public safety and health concerns. Prescription medications left to expire in people’s homes are susceptible to misuse or abuse. Prescription drug abuse rates and overdose and accidental poisoning statistics are frighteningly high in the United States. Studies show that the majority or abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, or from home medicine cabinets.

The DEA now advises against “usual methods” for disposing of unused medications. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash now both pose potential safety and health concerns.

Where to Find More Information

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28, 2017 Drug Take Back Day event, to the DEA Diversion website

Celebrate October with Tria Health!

October is an important month in healthcare! October is American Pharmacists Month AND October 21st is National Check Your Meds Day!

What is National Check Your Meds Day?

Consumer Reports found that 53% of patients get their drugs from more than one healthcare provider. Perhaps more worryingly, only 50% of patents have ever asked their doctor to review their list of medications and 35% had never had ANY healthcare professional examine their lists.” For this reason, Consumer Reports is sponsoring National Check Your Meds Day.

Lisa Gill, Deputy Director for Consumer Reports, says “Pharmacists are a terrific resource” for helping to identify problem medications. She also said, “My hope is that people take their meds to a pharmacist they trust.”

Tria Health’s specially trained pharmacists provide necessary education and coordination of care to improve condition management. Pharmacists are the best healthcare providers to identify potential drug interactions, medication side effects, and dosing issues. Tria Health’s pharmacists can communicate this knowledge to patients, physicians, and other healthcare providers.

Tria Health offers this service regularly, as part of our Pharmacy Advocate and Specialty GuardRx programs.

Comprehensive Medication Review (a/k/a Brown Bag Review)

A brown bag review is your opportunity to speak with a clinical pharmacist to review all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements.

During this review, pharmacists will help you better understand your medications, and ensure that you are taking the right combination of medications for your individual health needs.

Ready for your Employees to Schedule a Brown Bag Review?

Skip the lines at your pharmacy and call Tria Health today at 913-322-8456!