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
June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness
Month. The goal of this month is to raise awareness, address the stigma and
build a stronger community of advocates. Migraine disease is one of the 20 most
disabling medical illnesses in the world and the 12th most disabling disorder
in the United States. More than 90% of migraine suffers can’t function normally
during an attack.1
Migraine is a genetic neurological disease,
characterized by episodes often called Migraine attacks. They are quite different
from regular headaches which are non-migrainous. Migraine sufferers may have
moderate or severe pain and usually can’t participate in normal activities
because of the pain. Many people experience migraines lasting for at least four
hours or may last for days. The diagnosis usually happens if people have a
combination of symptoms and doctors have ruled out other disorders.2
Build a Support Network
Migraine is a disabling disease that no one should
have to go through alone. It’s essential to build a support network of
understanding people who can not only check in on you during an attack but also
empathize with your experience. While there are a multitude of online support
groups, talk with your friends and family about your experience. They are an invaluable
resource to help you get through migraine attacks.3
Tria Health and Migraines
Tria Health’s Pharmacy Advocate Program offers
one-on-one, private consultations with a Tria Health Pharmacist. Your
pharmacist will work with you and your doctor(s) to ensure you’re getting the
intended outcomes from your medications. Over the years, Tria Health has
continued to expand our services to include a multitude of chronic conditions,
Are you currently taking a prescription medication?
Per the government’s National
Health Survey, about 20 percent of adults are taking three or more drugs.
While medications can turn once fatal diseases into manageable, chronic
conditions, those taking five or more medications were nearly twice as likely
to seek medical care than those taking one or two meds.1 It’s
important to understand what medications you’re taking, and the steps you need
to follow to reduce your risk of adverse drug reactions.
Adverse Drug Reactions Happen?1
There are three primary causes of dangerous
prescription drug use:
Hyper-specialized doctors: Many patients with chronic conditions have multiple physicians. While this can benefit the patient by providing them with specialized resources, the lack of communication between health care providers can sometimes lead to the prescribing of drugs that interact negatively.
Prescription cascades: The risk of side effects comes with every medication. Prescription cascades occur when new medications are prescribed in an effort to treat the sides effects of other medications.
Poor research: Unfortunately for older adults, drug trials are often focused on young adults. This can lead to a lack of information regarding the negative effects of individual drugs or interactions among multiple drugs.
Simple Steps to Avoid Adverse Drug Reactions
Talk with your doctor and pharmacist about any new medications. Make sure they know about any vitamins and supplements you are currently taking.
Follow all the dosing instructions listed on each of your medications.
Keep an updated medication list on hand for any of your medical appointments.
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 will review all your current medications, including vitamins and
supplements. Tria Health will assist you in identifying any possible adverse drug
reactions or savings opportunities!
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by
the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve asthma awareness and care around
the world. World Asthma Day is held on the first Tuesday in May, in
collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators throughout the
world. Asthma impacts around 8.3% of Americans, which is close to 26.5 million
people.1 This Tuesday, take the time to learn more about Asthma and
how you can help raise awareness!
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and
narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling
sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.
The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.2
the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?
While these symptoms are very common for
individuals with asthma, the best way to know for sure is to schedule an
appointment with your doctor. They’re be able to perform a physical exam and
possibly a lung function test.
Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it
hard to sleep.
Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe.
tightness: This may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your
of breath: Some people who have asthma say they can’t catch their breath,
or they feel out of breath. You may feel like you can’t get air out of your
How can you
participate in World Asthma Day?
Organize debates about local issues affecting
asthma control—e.g., pollution, smoking, access to asthma care & medication
Organize a hike for people with asthma and their
friends, led by a health care provider who can educate the group about managing asthma in an outdoor environment.
Arrange school visits on or prior to World
Asthma Day—educate children about asthma and offer on-the-spot peak ﬂow
meter testing. These activities could
be combined with plays, concerts, or poetry competitions highlighting the
concept of asthma control.
Many patients decide to take medications in order
to effectively manage their asthma. 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 will review all your current medications, including vitamins
and supplements. If you’re interested in exploring medication treatments for
asthma, Tria’s pharmacist will be able to provide you with recommendations.
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
Unfortunately, there are a lot of harmful myths
floating around regarding medication disposal. Many people will try to flush
their medications down the toilet or crush their medicines before throwing them
in the trash. Flushing can end up polluting our waters and crushing medicines
can put trash handlers at risk of exposure if the drug were to encounter their
skin or if they were to breathe in the dust. Medicine take back programs are
the best way to dispose of unwanted medicine.
How can Tria Health Help?
As a member of Tria Health, if you have multiple
medications and are afraid you’ll throw away the wrong medication, we can
provide additional assistance in selecting the proper medications. Tria
provides one-on-one consultations with a clinical pharmacist who assists you
with your medication management.