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  • Maximizing the pharmacist-based smoking cessation program

    In pharmacy school, I was taught the techniques needed to assess a patient’s medical history. We were graded on the questions that needed to be asked to ensure that all relevant information was relayed from the patient to the pharmacist. I’m …

    January 22, 2015
  • Getting Your Medications Ready for the Holiday Season

    The holiday season can create some unexpected problems when taking your medications. With all the fun and excitement during the holiday season, refilling your medications may be the last thing on your holiday “to do” list.  As well, you may be …

    December 18, 2014
  • To eat or not to eat: avoiding food-drug interactions

    While embarking on my own food tour of Taiwan and Japan this summer, it dawned on me that most of us probably do not realize that what we eat may affect how our medications work.  Knowing how to avoid food and drug interactions will ensure our …

    November 10, 2014
  • Swimmer’s Ear: A Common Summer Ailment

    In the excitement of summer it is easy to forget that common ailments can occur.  For example, swimming is the perfect activity on a hot summer’s afternoon, but on occasion, it can lead to swimmer’s ear which can be quite painful.  So what is it, …

    July 28, 2014
  • Does an independent billing number already exist?

    This post was written by Mike Cavanagh, RPh, BScPhm and District K Representative on OPA's Board of Directors. Over the past year the topic of "independent billing numbers" has dominated many discussions amongst pharmacists.  The conversations …

    July 24, 2014
  • Ask A Pharmacist Day on Twitter - Q&As

    Did you miss OPA's "Ask A Pharmacist" Day on Twitter? Not to worry, we've pulled together all the questions we received by tweet and direct message, as well as the answers our pharmacist provided during the event! We'll be hosting our second "Ask …

    July 23, 2014
  • I've Been Diagnosed With Osteoarthritis, Now What?

    After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis, you will likely have many questions about the condition and its treatment. But finding the answers can be confusing with so many different sources of conflicting information available. One way of getting …

    May 27, 2014
  • Behind the Pharmacy Counter

    Have you ever wondered what happens to your prescription after you drop it off at the pharmacy counter? If you’re like most people, you imagine the staff at your pharmacy behind the counter, counting pills, and putting them into a bottle that you …

    March 25, 2014
  • You've Just Been Diagnosed With Diabetes: Now What?

    Being told you have type 2 diabetes can be a shock. This is something that happens to other people, not you.  But with more adults and children exercising less and adopting unhealthy eating habits, the risk for developing type 2 diabetes is …

    November 25, 2013
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