Posted on October 3rd 2018
With age comes a great many things: wisdom, maturity, beauty... and also a weaker immune system. This places adults over the age of 65 at greater risk for severe complications from influenza.
Prevention is an important step in keeping healthy this flu season, and getting a flu vaccine is crucial.
Posted on June 6th 2018
After a long, cold winter, we are all looking foward to spending some much needed time outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather that summer brings! However, with that comes the possibilities of danger, as the summertime heat can become brutal. Keeping cool during summer isn't just for comfort but also for your wellness.
Extreme heat can lead to very high body temperatures, brain and organ damage, and even death. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and cool themselves properly. Extreme heat affects everyone. Elderly, children, the poor or homeless, persons who work or exercise outdoors, and those with chronic medical conditions are most at risk.
Follow these tips below to stay cool this summer:
1. Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times like early morning or late evening. If you can't change the time of your workout, scale down by doing fewer minutes, walking instead of running, or decreasing your level of exertion.
2. Wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably white or of a light color.
3. Cotton clothing will keep you cooler than many synthetics.
4. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
5. Fans can help circulate air and make you feel cooler even in an air-conditioned house.
6. Try storing lotions or cosmetic toners in the refrigerator to use on hot, overtired feet.
7. Keep plastic bottles of water in the freezer; grab one when you're ready to go outside. As the ice melts, you'll have a supply of cold water with you.
8. Take frequent baths or showers in cool or tepid water.
9. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.
10. Some people swear by small, portable, battery-powered fans. You may even find a version that attaches to a water bottle for spraying a cooling mist.
11. If you're wearing a cap or a hat, remove it and pour a bit of ice cold water into the hat, then quickly invert it and place it on your head.
12. Avoid caffiene and alcohol as these will increase dehydration.
13. Instead of hot foods, try lighter summer fare including frequent small meals or snacks containing cold fruit or low fat dairy products. As an added benefit, you won't have to cook next to a hot stove.
14. If you don't have air-conditioning, arrange to spend the hotest part of the day at a shopping mall, public library, movie theatre, or other public space that is cool. Many cities now have cooling centers that are open to the public on hot days.
15. Finally, use common sense. If the heat is intolerable, stay indoors or in the shade and avoid activities in direct sunlight or hot asphalt surfaces. Pay special attention to the elderly, infants and anyone with a chronic illness that you know, as they may dehydrate easily and be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Don't forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses, as well. Read More
Posted on May 4th 2018
Medicine Store was happy to be a host site for the Spring 2018 DEA Medication Take Back Event on Saturday, April 28th. Our pharmacy was able to collect 372 pounds of expired, unused or unwanted medication. There were 6 pharmacy locations that collected for the DEA and the collective group was able to bring in 2539.5 pounds of expired, unused or unwanted medication.
Cleaning out your medicine cabinet once or twice a year and disposing of drugs helps reduce prescription drug abuse. It also helps protect you and your family. You can help prevent prescription substance abuse by simply removing the opportunity for anyone that would be in your home to have access to your medicine cabinet. If you are no longer on a medication or it's expired, dispose of it in a permanent medication drop box location or bring it by a medication take back event. The DEA typically hosts such an event twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall.
Look for the DEA to provide another opportunity for medicine take back towards the end of September or October. Go to https://takebackday.dea.gov for more information. Read More
Posted on April 13th 2018
Shingrix is the new shingles vaccine. The CDC prefers the use of Shingrix over Zostavax. Shingrix
is administered in two doses, 2-6 months apart. Healthy adults ages 50 and older should be
immunized. Shingrix is NOT a live vaccine, so it can be used in a wider range of patients.
Shingrix has been shown to be more than 90% effective at protecting against shingles and
related complications such as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), when both doses are given.
In adults 50 to 69 years old who received two doses, Shingrix was 97% effective in preventing
shingles and 91% effective in preventing postherpetic neuralgia. In adults 70 years and older
who received two doses, Shingrix was 91% effective in preventing shingles and 89% effective in
preventing postherpetic neuralgia. At least 85% coverage has been shown even 4 years after
the initial vaccination series.
Patients should receive Shingrix even if they have had shingles, previously received the
Zostavax vaccine, or if one’s chickenpox status is unknown. Patients should wait 8 weeks if
he/she has recently had Zostavax, before receiving Shingrix. There is no maximum age for the
vaccination as the risk of shingles and postherpetic neuralgia increases with age.
Patients who should not receive Shingrix are those who are allergic to Shingrix, who are or
might be pregnant or are breastfeeding, currently have shingles, have weakened immune
systems due to certain causes, or have tested negative for immunity to varicella zoster. Shingrix
is not used for prevention of chickenpox.
If a patient has a minor illness with a temperature less than 101.3 F, he/she may receive the
vaccination. If a patient has a moderate-severe illness or has a temperature of 101.3 F or
higher, he/she should wait until they have recovered before receiving the immunization.
Side effects in studies lasted 2-3 days on average and included, a sore arm with mild-moderate
pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, feeling tired, muscle pain, headache, shivering,
fever, stomach pain, and nausea. Signs of a severe allergic reaction may include hives, swelling
of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and weakness.
For more information on the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, and to get yours, contact our
pharmacists today! Read More
Posted on January 29th 2018
Are you that person who doesn’t take their medications as prescribed? If so, you’re not the only one. However, medication noncompliance is unhealthy and can become costly. It is estimated non-adherence causes:
• 30%-50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually.
• Increased mortality risk by 12%-25% for statins
• Increased hospitalization risks for cardioprotective medication by 10%-40% and mortality by 50%-80%
Furthermore, it is estimated non-adherent patients will spend an additional $2000 in physician visits annually. There are more statistics we could discuss on medication non-adherence; however, we want to know why and how we can help.
There are many reasons to why you may not be compliant with your medications. Are you confused on how you should you take it, is it the cost of the medication, do you have side effects, do you have difficulties getting to the pharmacy, do you simply forget, etc? Whatever the reason maybe we can assist you! Here are some tips and tricks to staying compliant with your meds:
• Request to enroll in the pharmacy’s medication adherence program. Our pharmacy can synchronize all your prescriptions to be filled on the same day every month, minimizing your pharmacy trips. Furthermore, we can sync all your family’s medications to a single pick-up date.
• Take it along with other daily events, like brushing your teeth or with your morning coffee. Example: put your medication bottle next to your favorite coffee cup or coffee pot.
• Use special pill boxes that help you keep track, like the ones divided into sections for each day of the week
• Set an alarm on your phone; customize the setting on your alarm for repeat.
• Keep a "medicine calendar" near your medicine and make a note every time you take your dose.
• Talk to your pharmacist and identify if there is a generic substitute that may be cheaper
• Utilize free prescription delivery if you have transportation issues
• Discuss any negative side effects with your pharmacist; there may be a substitute available that doesn’t affect you the same way.
• Most importantly, understand your medication. Know what it is for, how and when you should be taking it.
Contact us with any questions you may have about medication adherence and how we can assist you!
Posted on January 5th 2018
It’s That Time Again!
Flu shots are now available at Midtown Pharmacy! For your convenience, please call to schedule an appointment with your pharmacist.
Flu and Pneumonia vaccines are covered by Medicare Part B and Medicaid, most times at no expense for the patient. These vaccines are also covered by most insurance plans. The cash price for the flu vaccine is $30.00.
Other vaccines are available at Midtown Pharmacy for shingles and diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. If interested, ask us for more information.
Posted on December 4th 2017
Our holiday hours for 2017 are as follows:
Open Saturday, December 23rd from 9am-1pm;
Closed on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th;
Open Tuesday, December 26th, open regular hours;
Open Saturday, December 30th from 9am-1pm;
Closed on Sunday, December 31st and Monday, January 1st, 2018;
Open on Tuesday, January 2nd, open regular hours.
All of our staff here at Midtown Pharmacy would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed 2018! We love our customers and love taking care of your pharmacy needs. Read More
Posted on October 23rd 2017
To all our friends and family who have a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, this information is for you! Did you know Medicare Part D plans change yearly? The copays on your medications, the list of medications covered, the plan premiums and deductibles all change each year! And since these plans change yearly, that means your costs do not stay the same. And this is why we highly encourage you to review available Medicare Part D plans each year during open enrollment, which is now!
Open Enrollment began October 15th and goes through December 7th. We recommend you call our pharmacy during this enrollment period to discuss a free Med D evaluation. We will go through your current prescriptions and give you a list of available Medicare Part D plans for 2018 and the costs of each plan, including premiums, deductible, copay information and more.
Don't pay more for your prescriptions in 2018! Let us assist you in finding the best plan based on your prescriptions!
Call the pharmacy if you have any questions or concerns. Read More
Posted on June 2nd 2017
It's summertime which also means increased sun exposure for most of us. Even though everyone loves a sunny day, don't forget that the sun can also do a lot of damage to our bodies. Making yourself aware of sun safety and educating yourself on a few sun safety tips can make all of the difference this summer and for years to come.
Remember that insect repellants usually reduce suncreen effectiveness by up to 33%. When using both products, make sure you reapply sunscreen routinely and also use a highter SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen.
An overexposure to the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays can cause sunburn which is known to increase your risk for skin cancer. Before going outdoors for activities, check your local UV Index, which is updated each day by the EPA and National Weather Service. This index will notify you of the days when the UV forecast is high. This will allow you to plan your outdoor activities in a way where you can prevent overexposure to the sun and its harmful rays. Whenever possible, seek the shade. UVA and UVB rays are the strongest between 10am and 4 pm daily.
Most people forget that sunburns can happen year round, not just during the summer months. Water, snow and sand help reflect the sun's rays, which can increase the chance of a sunburn. Wear an SPF sunscreen of at least 15 year round when going outside, but especially greater when planning to be out in the sun's rays for an extended period of time. Wear protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to help protect your skin and eyes from the harmful rays. Make sure the sunglasses you choose to wear aren't just shaded darkly, a neat color or whatever is trendy or hip... the ability to block the UV lights to your eyes is not determined by any of those things. Make sure you choose sunglasses that are labeled as blocking 99-100% of UV rays or absorbing up to 400 nm of UV light.
Making yourself sun aware and taking a few minor steps to be safe in the sun yearround will help you and your body out in the long run. Have fun this summer and stay sun-safe! Read More
Posted on May 2nd 2017
Don't forget! The Fearless Aging Expo is coming up this Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9am to 2 pm. It will be at the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Parking is FREE! Admission is only $1. The Expo will offer free health screenings, local aging experts, demonstrations, free drawings and prizes, entertainment, bingo, make-overs and much more! Come see Medicine Store at this fun and educational event! Read More
Posted on March 1st 2017
March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in the United States. MS, as it is commonly known by, is an auto-immune disease that attacks the body's nervous system according to MSAA (Multiple Sclerosis Association of America). In a healthy body, nerve fibers (also referred to as “axons“) have a protective, fatty-rich protein covering known as myelin. This covering insulates the nerve fibers, similar to the insulating rubber covering of an electric wire. Myelin allows for the smooth and uninterrupted flow of nerve impulses, which in turn, enables the body to send vital instructions from the brain to the different parts of the body. With multiple sclerosis (MS), the body’s own system of defense, known as the immune system, malfunctions. It sends disease-fighting cells into the central nervous system (CNS) that may destroy the body’s own myelin. This occurs because the immune system is incorrectly identifying the myelin in the CNS as a foreign body. When the body’s own immune system attacks its own tissue, this is referred to as an “autoimmune disease,” and MS is believed to fall into this category. Examples of other autoimmune diseases include lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. MS is usually diagnosed in young adults age 15-50 years old however people of any age could be diagnosed. There are approximately 400,000 Americans that have been diagnosed with MS and as many as 2.5 million people worldwide. There are approximately 10,000 new cases diagnosed in the US each year. On average, with relapsing forms of MS, women are 3 times more likely to develop this disorder than men. Geographically, people who live farther from the equator or poles are at a higher risk of developing MS, possibly tied to vitamin D levels and sunlight exposure. Another factor that may be linked to MS is cigarette smoking. Women who smoke are 1.6 times more likely to develop MS than non-smoking women and the disease tends to progress more rapidly in smokers. While the actual cause of MS has yet to be determined, you should be aware of the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Types and severity of symptoms can vary greatly from person to person but here are some common ones: stiffness, mobility or walking issues, speech difficulties, swallowing disorders, bowel or bladder problems, tremor, anxiety, cognitive changes, depression, balance or dizziness issues, fatigue or weakness, numbness, pain, visual disorders, sleep issues. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, talk to your physician. Multiple Sclerosis can be a debilitating disease but with more new treatments becoming available and more data/studies being conducted, the future looks bright for people affected by this disease. Read More
Posted on February 3rd 2017
February is American Heart Month. What does that mean? It's a time to bring awareness to the importance of preventing heart disease and the effects heart disease causes on Americans. Heart disease is currently the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US. It causes more types of death than all types of cancer combined. There are several factors or behaviors that can increase your risk for heart disease. They are: if you smoke, if you have high cholesterol or blood pressure, are overweight or obese, don't get enough physical activity, don't eat healthy, if you're a woman over the age of 55 or a man over the age of 45, if your father or brother had heart disease before age 55 or if your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65. But the good news in all of this is that there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent heart disease. You can start eating healthier and getting more physical activity. Even if you can aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity per week, it would help. You can quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke. You can control your cholesterol and blood pressure through diet, exercise and medication. Decrease the amount of salt, trans fats, saturated fats and sugar in your diet. Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products. If you are overweight, try to lose some weight. Even losing 10 pounds can lower your risk of heart disease. If you drink alcohol, limit drinking to no more than 1 drink per day for women and 2 per day for men. Learn how to manage the stress in your life in a healthy way, through activities, meditation and relaxation. Find support to make these positive changes in your life since there is always strength in numbers. Ask a friend or family member to join you or to help keep you accountable. Try to make these changes in your life to help you stay heart-healthy. Read More
Posted on January 4th 2017
Most people think about getting their flu shots in the fall. So what if you are one of the people sitting here in January who didn't get a flu shot? Is it too late to get one? Definitely not!! As of just a month ago (December 2, 2016), the Springfield Greene County Health Department only listed 2 confirmed cases of influenza in the Springfield area. But as of December 30th, that number had risen to 129 confirmed cases. Midtown Pharmacy still has plenty of the vaccination in stock and it is not too late to get one. It typically takes about 2 weeks for the flu shot to protect you from influenza, so time really is of the essence. The typical flu season lasts into March and even April so there is still much benefit to obtaining the 2016-2017 vaccination. Midtown Pharmacy can bill any insurance for the vaccination and most insurance plans cover it with little to no copay. We also bill Medicare Part B. If you don't have insurance and still would like a flu shot, our cash price is $30. You can call ahead to make an appointment but we do accept walk-ins on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings and Friday mornings.If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (417)866-3054. Read More
Posted on December 23rd 2016
Midtown Pharmacy will be closed on Saturday, December 24, 2016 so our staff can celebrate Christmas with their loved ones. We will be open regular hours on Monday, December 26 through Saturday, December 31, 2016. We hope each one of you has a very Merry Christmas! Read More
Category: Holiday Hours
Posted on December 6th 2016
Midtown Pharmcy will be closed on Saturday, December 24, 2016 and Sunday, December 25, 2016 so our staff can celebrate the Christmas holiday with their loved ones. We will reopen on Monday, December 26th at 9am. Midtown Pharmacy will be open for our regular hours on Saturday, December 31st (9am-1pm) and, as usual, will be closed on Sunday, January 1st. We will reopen on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9am. From our family here at Midtown Pharmacy, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy 2017!! Read More
Posted on October 6th 2016
Got drugs? Not sure how to dispose of them safely? Bring them by one of the following four pharmacies on Saturday, October 22nd from 10am-2pm for safe disposal. Read More
Posted on August 8th 2016
August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Medicine Store Pharmacy is happy to offer vaccinations, given by our friendly and knowledgeable pharmacists. Read More
Posted on June 6th 2016
Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages — and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries..
Posted on December 14th 2015
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Category: Holiday Hours
Posted on September 2nd 2015
It's that time of year again... Time to get your annual flu shot! Did you know that flu shots are now available at Midtown Pharmacy? We now also offer several other vaccinations, as well. Immunizations are an important part of keeping yourself healthy. You may have questions as to what vaccines you may need. Our pharmacists are specially trained to immunize for flu, pneumonia, shingles, and diptherira/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) and can answer any questions you may have about vaccines. These vaccines may be covered by Medicare, Medicaid or your insurance. Pneumovax is the vaccination we use for pneumococcal lung disease. It is a one-time vaccine for all individuals over 65 or for those 50-65 who have certain chronic medical conditions. Zostavax is to help prevent or lessen the severity of shingles. This one time vaccine is currently recommended for all individuals over the age of 60. Boostrix is the vaccine indicated for active booster immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) for anyone age 65 and older. If you are interested in any of these vaccines, please call the pharmacy so we can schedule an appointment with your pharmacist. Read More