National Pharmacist Day

Today is January 12th which means it’s National Pharmacist Day! The traditional pharmacist was seen as someone who only dispensed pills. However, pharmacists do much more than dispense pills. They are medication experts that 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.

Why is Today Important?

Here are a few reasons that the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy gave about why pharmacists are a vital part of our community:

Pharmacists are easily accessible

Pharmacists are accessible to talk to you anytime of the week, without an appointment. They do dispense pills, but they can also provide services such as asthma care, blood pressure monitoring services, cholesterol screening, diabetes disease management, smoking cessation consultation, bone density scans for osteoporosis screening, anticoagulation management clinics and more. 

Pharmacists work alongside your physician

Pharmacists communicate with your physicians to ensure that you are on the proper medications and avoid any harmful effects. They can provide the proper management for chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, etc. 

Pharmacists take a whole patient into consideration

Since pharmacists are medication experts, they can improve medication adherence. They take into consideration many factors that affect a patient’s ability to take a medication. These include diet, lifestyle, transportation, language barriers and much more.

We want to say a big THANK YOU to all pharmacists! Don’t forget to say thank you to your pharmacist today. Today we express to them how much we appreciate their dedication to keep us healthy and educated on our medications.

4 Interesting Facts about Pharmacists

  • Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, and Ginger Ale were all invented by pharmacists.
  • Benjamin Franklin is considered the founding father of pharmacy.
  • Chris Hemsworth worked in a pharmacy before he became famous.
  • Agatha Christie was a pharmacy technician and used her experiences as inspiration for her mystery novels.

How Tria Health Pharmacists Can Help You

Tria Health was founded on the belief that pharmacists play a vital role in the management of high-risk patients that drive most of the health care spend. Tria Health’s Pharmacy Advocate Program provides one-on-one confidential counseling with a Tria Pharmacist. Your pharmacist will review 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.

Sources:

  1. 8 Interesting Pharmacy Facts (pharmacytimes.com)
  2. NATIONAL PHARMACIST DAY – January 12, 2022 – National Today
  3. Top Ten Reasons to Become a Pharmacist | AACP

Pharmacist Spotlight: Lainey Ruby

Meet Lainey Ruby! Lainey is one of our talented clinical pharmacists and this month we would like to spotlight her.

Specialty: Lainey’s specialty as a clinical pharmacist is chronic condition management. She also has an interest in mental health and diabetes management.

Favorite part about working at Tria Health: here are many things Lainey enjoys about working at Tria Health. Ultimately, she loves working directly with patients to help improve their medications and health conditions. She especially love educating on non-pharmacologic therapy and lifestyle changes, which are used in conjunction with medications to help improve their conditions.

Career Goals: Within next year, Lainey plans to complete requirements for Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Outside of work, Lainey plans on marrying her fiancé in June, they have been together for about 7-8 years! She also enjoy spending time outside, especially with her german shepherd dogs. Lainey’s favorite part of the summer is taking our dogs to the lake and watching them run and jump off the dock to swim.

Pharmacist Spotlight: Sarah Ochs

We have such an awesome clinical team at Tria Health. This month, we would like to spotlight one of our pharmacists. Meet Sarah Ochs!

About Sarah: Sarah is a proud military wife. Her husband is an officer in the US Navy, who recently returned home safely from a record deployment, 206 days at sea, with Carrier Strike Group TEN. They have two fantastic boys, ages two and four, who keep them laughing and enjoying life’s many adventures!

Specialties: Sarah is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES). She is also the FIRST pharmacist in the country to carry the designation of Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management (CSOWM). She is fascinated by the effect that weight gain/loss, physical activity, and food choices can complement medications to support her patient’s healthcare goals. Her next career goal is to be a Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP).

Favorite part of her job: THE PATIENTS! Patient care is Sarah’s passion as she genuinely enjoys her job and patient interactions. She learns about her patient’s health care goals and supports them as a whole person. Sarah takes into consideration busy life schedules, personal beliefs, medication preferences, prescription affordability, among many other factors, to help her patients achieve their goals. For Sarah, knowing that she is making a positive impact on her patient’s health and well-being is truly rewarding.

Favorite part about working at Tria Health: THE TEAM! Her clinical team and work family is hands down her favorite part. She is confident in every pharmacist’s abilities and honored to be their coworker. Sarah feels supported by the clinical team’s fearless leader, Jason Grace, and empowered to ask questions and challenge one another. At Tria Health, Sarah feels accepted for who she is, sunshine and rainbows with a sprinkle of glitter hugs. 😊

Sarah feels truly blessed to be a part of this incredible company. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Recall of Metformin Hydrochloride ER Tablets

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets are being recalled for having more carcinogen NDMA than the FDA’s acceptable allowance. 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 found in water and foods, including meats, dairy products, and vegetables.1 With levels above admissible according to the FDA it is being recalled ensuring no adverse reactions arise during consumption. If any adverse reactions are experienced you can submit them online here or find more information on how to mail or fax here. Many different retailers might be involved so it is important to check your label and bottle.

What products are being recalled?

Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP, 500 mg and 750 mg, manufactured by Amneal, are being recalled. They are the prescription, solid oral products that are indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood sugar control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.1

The Metformin Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets, USP, 500 mg and 750 mg, subject to the recall, are identified by the NDC numbers stated on the product label.

Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP, 500 mg

Metformin HCl Extended Release Tablets, USP, 750 mg

*Amneal’s Metformin Hydrochloride Immediate Release Tablets, USP are not affected by this recall.1

Metformin HCI Extended Release Tablets manufactured by Bayshore Pharmaceuticals, LLC are also being recalled.

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets USP, 500 mg and 750 mg lots subject to the recall are identified in the table below.

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets manufactured by Marksans Pharma Limited, are being recalled due to the detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) impurity.

Time-Cap Labs Inc. Metformin Hydrochloride for Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500 mg and 700 mg lots subject to the recall are identified below.

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 500mg:

90 counts: 49483-623-09

100 counts: 49483-623-01

500 counts: 49483-623-50

1000 counts: 49483-623-10

Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets, USP 750mg:

100 counts: 49483-624-01

What’s next?

  • Because Metformin is used to treat serious medical conditions, patients taking the recalled Metformin should continue taking their medicine until they have a replacement product.
  • To determine whether a specific product has been recalled, patients should look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle. If the information is not on the bottle, patients should contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine.
  • Patients should also contact their health care professional (the pharmacist who dispensed the medication or doctor who prescribed the medication) if their medicine is included in this recall to discuss their treatment, which may include another product not affected by this recall or an alternative treatment option.

Sources:

  1. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/amneal-pharmaceuticals-llc-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-metformin-hydrochloride-extended#recall-announcement
  2. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-alerts-patients-and-health-care-professionals-nitrosamine-impurity-findings-certain-metformin
  3. https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/bayshore-pharmaceuticals-llc-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-metformin-hydrochloride-extended
  4. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article245133825.html

Chronic Conditions and COVID-19: Going Beyond Handwashing

Webinar Information

Managing chronic conditions has always been critical in regards to improving employee health and reducing healthcare costs. With the emergence of the COVID-19 health crisis, it’s more important than ever as patients with chronic conditions have a higher risk of complications with COVID-19. With a multitude of telehealth resources available, discover how pharmacists can make a significant impact on patients with chronic conditions.

Speakers:
Jessica Lea, CEO, Pharm.D., EMBA, BCPP
Jason Grace, Director of Clinical Services, Pharm.D.
Austin Morgan, Pharm.D.
Date: April 23, 2020
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM CDT