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Diabetes and Insulin Impact on Health

The Dispensary of Hope team frequently hears from safety net providers across the country about the need for access to insulin.  Caregivers for vulnerable populations often struggle to meet all the medication needs for their diabetic patients. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic medical conditions in the United States. 1,2 According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, over 30.2 million Americans (9.4% of the total population) have diabetes. 1, Diabetes is the... Read More
at Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Amazon Alexa: Pushing Healthcare Capabilities Forward

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at Monday, July 9, 2018

Is there a better beta blocker?

Is There a Better Beta Blocker? With the recent national shortage of atenolol, the Dispensary of Hope is looking for therapeutic alternatives from other sources. Although the use of atenolol is widespread, newer studies have raised questions about its place in therapy within the beta blocker class. 1 The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) Guidelines place higher importance on beta blocker selection based on evidence, which would include metoprolol and carvedilol. 2   Atenolol... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

Importance of Eye Health

The Importance of Eye Health Eye health is important particularly as we age and vision begins to change.  Some changes are a normal part of the aging process such as needing glasses to read up close or having trouble adjusting glare.  As we age, the risk of developing age related eye diseases increases; therefore, learning about what those diseases are and some tips that can help improve eye health are important to understand. Proper eye care is important to ensure age... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

Disposal Methods

Proper Disposal of Unused Medications  As our sites know, patients' medicine cabinets can fill with unused and unwanted medications. These medications pose a risk to all individuals who have access. The FDA recently published an article composed of the steps to properly dispose of unused medications. As your partner, we understand the vital need to properly educate patients on these steps to make sure medications are disposed of safely. How to Educate Patients of Ways to... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

FLU Recommendations

The CDC is reporting that this year's flu season is one of the strongest since 2009 with 46 states reporting influenza activity. 1  Influenza A (H3N2) has been the predominant virus for this season, but the vaccine effectiveness for this strain is only around 30% thus influenza antiviral medications may be of more importance this year. 2 What is the Flu?  Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by influenza viruses. 3 ... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

Partnering with schools of pharmacy

Back to School Time - Are you Partnering with Schools of Pharmacy? Dispensary of Hope has established great partnerships with all three of the local schools of pharmacy in Nashville.  We know that many of you are also partnering with schools of pharmacy by serving as preceptors and providing places for students to gain experience.  Below is some information to help you discover and create positive partnerships with Schools of Pharmacy that can enhance your work. 1. This  ... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

Mental Health

Increasing Access to Mental Health Services   Mental health awareness is gaining wider attention the United States. Mental health is our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we feel, think, and act. Mental health also influences how we handle stress and make choices. Some factors that contribute to mental health problems are biological, life experiences, and family history of mental health problems. In the WHO's 2001 report, one in four people are... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

Contribution to Care Donations

Dispensary of Hope recently explored how contribution to care donations influence the work of network partners. We wanted to learn more to gain greater insight on these types of programs. Last month, we surveyed at random a sample of clinics in our network. Their responses provided us with a great deal of understanding in how contribution to care models work.  Primarily, contribution to care donations are found more in a charitable clinic setting. We found that,... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

Software Help

SOFTWARE We often receive questions from our network about utilizing their pharmacy operating systems to manage Dispensary of Hope inventory. Through conversations with some of the most popular software vendors and network members, our Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Hillary Blackburn, has put together a guide of general and vendor specific tips. We hope these tips are of help to you as you are working with your specific vendor representatives to configure the system... Read More
at Thursday, May 31, 2018

Resources to assist your patients

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at Thursday, May 24, 2018

Population Health Summit

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at Thursday, March 15, 2018