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”

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)”

Modern food and cancer

Everything starts with your food- be careful! Interestingly, my last blog talked about nutrition needed to fight cancer. Today, I want to discuss certain foods or the way certain foods are made, as causes of cancer! Ultimately, anything we ingest does affect our bodies- one way or the other! A lot of foods or ratherContinue reading “Modern food and cancer”