Use of CGM and control on diabetes

Imagine a patient who needs to check his/her sugar 10-12 times a day. To do this, patient has to carry the testing supplies with them at school or at work. Patients have to prick themselves multiple times, log their readings and then make adjustments on their insulin doses based on the readings. For type IContinue reading “Use of CGM and control on diabetes”

Colchicine… a new aspirin!

A recent article from Medscape says that colchicine, being a very good anti-inflammatory drug helps reduce atherosclerosis and thus heart attacks. It’s believed that atherosclerosis is an oxidative process where arteries are blocked to the formation of plaques or blocks due to inflammatory mediators (obesity is linked to inflammatory conditions). Aspirin has been helping patientsContinue reading “Colchicine… a new aspirin!”

Drought of antibiotics

(Beware of this epidemic) There was a time when people died of common bacterial infections. As decades and centuries past by, treatments became so easy. It feels like modern science has answers to all known infections. Then suddenly now, we have dragged ourselves to a horrific situation of “Drug Resistance”! In today’s world, people wantContinue reading “Drought of antibiotics”

Medicare: A,B,C,D!

(It truly is about learning A,B,C,D…..) With the introduction of Medicare Part D in 2006, we had four letters to remember A,B,C,D. To most seniors and people eligible for Medicare, it’s still a confusion. All they know is: “I have Medicare”. In markets like south florida, most people are not aware of the 4 alphabets.Continue reading “Medicare: A,B,C,D!”

Digital mentor: Positive outcomes

(Technology making a difference) What a wonderful time we live in! All answers are right at your fingertips. There is hardly anything that’s a secret nowadays. Any layman who is savvy with his smart phone can get information about anything. I wonder how did we manage getting information about a decade ago. For purposes otherContinue reading “Digital mentor: Positive outcomes”

Celebrate “One step forward”

(A happy new year: in true sense) What does the New Year’s Eve mean to most of us? Celebrating the arrival of new year with food, drinks, friends, families….right? How about adding some value or meaning to this grand celebration! I mean what’s the point of welcoming new year if we don’t commit any changesContinue reading “Celebrate “One step forward””

Pharmacy benefit manager

(The power of the middle man) To simply put in perspective, PBMs work for insurance companies to manage their drug costs, negotiate with manufacturers for better pricing and placing their drugs on preferred formularies versus others. By doing so, they eventually save money for insurance companies, promote drugs of companies who negotiated “good deals” orContinue reading “Pharmacy benefit manager”

Hypertension- simply ignored!

(A ticking time bomb leading to heart attack) It’s said that “A good heart makes one a better person”.The thought holds true for health too! Heart can be affected by several abnormalities; some genetic and some acquired. One of the most common disease and also the most ignored disease is hypertension or high blood pressure.Continue reading “Hypertension- simply ignored!”

Medication therapy management (MTM)

How many times a pharmacist interventions prevents a major drug-drug or drug food interactions? I wonder if there were no pharmacists, we would have had some many casualties related to these adverse drug reactions. According to fda’s article, https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-interactions-labeling/preventable-adverse-drug-reactions-focus-drug-interactions : “The Institute of Medicine reported in January of 2000 that from 44,000 to 98,000 deathsContinue reading “Medication therapy management (MTM)”