Is Diabetes & Prediabetes Becoming Commonplace?

Managing the A1C and Outcomes in Pharmacy

More than 100 million U.S. adults are currently living with a form of diabetes or prediabetes, according to a report released in July 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report reveals that as of 2015, 30.3 million or 9.4% of the U.S. population have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years. Unfortunately, the majority of those with prediabetes do not know they have it. Diabetes is an evolving disease and the incidence increases with age. Therefore, it may eventually touch every one of us in some way. It is a complex, chronic disease that requires a multifaceted approach of management from the healthcare ecosystem, starting with testing.

Hb A1C Test

The A1C Test

The A1C Test is a critical blood test that shows the picture of a patient’s average blood glucose level over the past three months. It determines where a person is sitting on the diabetic scale. This test is used to diagnose type 2 diabetes (making up 90% of diabetes) and prediabetes. Diabetes is often present without symptoms, yet the patient may exhibit risk factors, such as high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, or family history that warrants testing. And, with the onslaught of processed food, sedentary lifestyles, and fast-paced living, who can afford not to be tested? The A1C can be tracked over time to monitor the patient’s potential for developing diabetes. Or, if the patient has diabetes, the A1C result Read full article >

Alternative Therapies and the Role of Pharmacy

Genomic Medicine on the Rise

Healthcare trends and treatments live in a constant state of flux. History underscores that we are ever progressing in the ways we treat disease. It is easy to see the correlation between technological advances and medical interventions. They tend to go hand in hand. And as for pharmacy, the days of “one-pill-fits-all” or pharmacy as “only a dispensing agent” is out the door in history’s archives. Pharmacy is flying into the future with its own wings of smart technology and superiorly advanced pharmacology to work along side medicine. Today, the healthcare ecosystem is at the brink of being able to treat patients as never seen before. The traditional track of a physician’s subjective findings of a patient, ranging from blood panels to clinical exams to MRIs and PETs to a vast number of other diagnostic tools, now brings us to have a detailed look inside the DNA, which is known as genomic medicine. And where medicine goes, so goes pharmacy. With the advent of Genomic Medicine come alternative therapies that affect the pharmacist’s role and the workflow of pharmacy.

Genomic Medicine

A little background

What is Genomic Medicine, briefly? Each person’s genome is made up of a unique sequence of DNA that contains the instructions for their growth and development. Differences in our DNA determine our unique characteristics and can also tell us what disease states may arise. Having a patient’s genetic map and genome sequencing where the order of their DNA is deciphered, which is made up of over 3 Read full article >

Medical Marijuana & the Opioid Crisis

America in Pain — Part 2

Read Part 1 of America in Pain — the Opioid Crisis HERE >

We are at a crisis point. The pressure is mounting. A line of demarcation has been drawn with the ink of history. America is at a turning point.

Why are people in so much pain? Why do we need so many new drugs to relieve our bodies? What has changed and now plagues us? Why do some use diversion tactics to get even more pills and stronger dosages?

Mankind’s proliferation of diseases and addictions has created an ever-expanding healthcare ecosystem. Pain is everywhere. Companies are racing in labs to find new answers and new cures. And some of the answers developed thus far can trigger addictions in some patients unbeknownst prior to prescribing and dispensing.

Medical Marijuana and Opioid Crisis

Footsteps of Our Ancestors

Long before the days of the FDA, retail and specialty pharmacies, and government regulations, the healing and curative nature of plants existed. Documentation of the use of Medicinal Marijuana dates back to roughly 2,900 BC in China. The Cannabis plant has healing properties our ancestors experienced whether it was with a medicine man, a shaman, or the community healer. Why was Cannabis “the drug of choice” often times among our ancestors? What gives Cannabis its distinctive healing properties? Is history repeating itself, allowing Medicinal Marijuana to return to us with enhanced understanding and intelligence to restore health? It is now legal in 29 states plus the District of Columbia.

Do you know that Marijuana is comprised of over 113 different chemical Read full article >