Drug Card Blogs

Heart Failure: Dr. Peter Rice

My favorite patient with heart failure   I have neglected my writing for some time as I attended to some family issues.  As the hurricanes appeared to be targeting Cocoa Beach, Florida over a month ago, my mom came as a refugee to visit for a short time.  As often happens in life, unexpected things developed such as heart failure. My mom will be 92 years old this month. When she was 13, she was [Read More...]

Flu Season: What You Need to Know!

What You Need to Know About This Year’s Flu Season! As the 2017-2018 flu season approaches, it’s important to understand how you can protect yourself and your family from the ravages of influenza during flu season. Which viruses will the 2017-2018 flu season vaccines protect against? There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C and these viruses are constantly evolving. Although type C causes flu, it is much less severe than types A and [Read More...]

Birth Control and Your Options

Birth Control Options Millions of American women who use birth control pills every month to prevent pregnancy are in for a costly awakening when these medications are no longer covered by your insurer. The Affordable Care Act, passed in March 2010, caused a significant reduction in the number of people without health insurance. The CDC reported that the percentage of people without health insurance fell from 16.0% in 2010 to 8.9% during the January–June 2016 [Read More...]

Where Can I Get a Prescription Filled?

Where can I get a prescription filled?   When you are prescribed to take a medication from your physician, dentist, podiatrist or veterinarian to treat your (or your pet’s) illness you will be given a prescription. In the United States, pharmacies need a prescription to legally dispense FDA-approved medications.   LOCAL COMMUNITY PHARMACIES The most common place for filling your prescription is at a local community pharmacy. Some pharmacies are conveniently located inside of a [Read More...]

What Is a Pharmacy?

What Is a Pharmacy?   A pharmacy is commonly known as a retail store that dispenses FDA approved prescription medications as well as over the counter remedies that do not require a physician’s prescription. There are many types of pharmacies across the country including community (retail) pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, clinical pharmacies, ambulatory care pharmacies, and regulator pharmacies. Most people are familiar with their local community retail pharmacy. Along with selling [Read More...]