Pelham - Windham News January 14, 2011 - 11
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) encourages the public to make an annual medicine cabinet cleanout part of their New Year&#x2019;s resolutions. Pharmacists recommend that patients use this time to properly dispose of all the unused and expired medications that accumulated over the previous year. Because each season brings a host of new illnesses and conditions,
it&#x2019;s easy for medicine cabinets to become cluttered with unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbals that can potentially be harmful to one&#x2019;s health. Hanging onto old, expired, or unused medications can increase the chances of taking the wrong one. Old, expired medications can lose their potency, thus reducing or providing no value to the condition being treated, and unused medications have the potential to be abused and misused. &#x201C;As you finalize your resolutions for a happier and healthier New
Year, why not add this simple task to your list?&#x201D; asked Thomas E. Menighan, APhA Executive Vice President and CEO. &#x201C;A medicine cabinet cleanout is one of the smallest resolutions a person can make for their personal and family&#x2019;s health. To help protect yourselves and the environment, it just takes a few simple steps to properly store and
healthy body, mind, and spirit. Consider Medicine Cabinet Cleanout Among New Year&#x2019;s Resolutions
dispose of medications. And if you have any questions about your medications&#x2019; expiration date or potency, talk with your pharmacist.&#x201D; Tips for storing and cleaning out your medicine cabinet or other medication storage areas: &#x2022; Medications should be stored in a secured area that has low humidity, a stable temperature, and adequate lighting.
&#x2022; Check the date on everything in your medicine cabinet and dispose of anything that has passed the expiration date.
&#x2022; Properly dispose of anything you have not used in the past 12 months.
&#x2022; Properly dispose of any prescription medications you no longer need. Do not share prescription medications with others.
&#x2022; Properly dispose of medicines no longer in their original container or that can no longer be identified.
&#x2022; Properly dispose of medicines that have changed color, odor, or taste.
&#x2022; Do not flush unused or expired medications and do not pour them down a sink or drain. They should be disposed of properly in the household trash or through your community&#x2019;s medication disposal program, when available.* Follow these easy steps before
Clinician Receives National Recognition for Providing Quality Diabetes Care
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and
the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has announced that Srilatha Kodali, MD of Pelham Healthcare Associates in Pelham has received recognition from the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality care to her patients with diabetes. The Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care, and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of diabetes care. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Dr. Kodali submitted data that demonstrates performance that meets the program&#x2019;s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy, and patient satisfaction, among others. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations. &#x201C;For a person with diabetes, the right clinician can make the difference between living with diabetes as opposed to suffering from diabetes,&#x201D; said Richard M. Bergenstal, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. &#x201C;Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care. The list of recognized clinicians is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.&#x201D; To find out if your clinician has been recognized by the Diabetes Recognition Program or for further information, visit www.nc
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. Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body&#x2019;s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood sugar to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. An estimated 16 million Americans have diabetes; it is the sixth- leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. and it has no cure. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA&#x2019;s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is the most widely used performance
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of disorientation or motion. In addition, the individual may also have nausea, sweating, and abnormal eye movements. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), the most common form of vertigo, is rarely serious and can be treated.
While there are many causes
of vertigo, BPPV is the term that is use for vertigo that comes and goes without a specific associated illness. It is often a frustrating situation for patients because the episodes are frightening and difficult to predict. However, it is related to the labyrinth system inside the inner ear, which is responsible for maintaining balance in the body. There are three semi- circular canals that contain nerve endings and fluid that tell the body where it is in relation to gravity, acting almost like a gyroscope. Small crystals in the inner ear can fall into the canals, causing inflammation, and this can lead to vertigo. The definitive treatment for BPPV requires that the crystals causing inflammation in the semi-circular canals be moved out of those canals. This can be done by using a maneuver, where the head is taken through a series of position changes that allow the crystals to be emptied out of the canals. These maneuvers require a special skill set; first, to know which canal the crystals are in, and second, how to &#x201C;shake&#x201D; the head to get them removed.
Both Salem and Derry Sports and Rehab both have therapists
who are trained to work with patients with BPPV and other forms of vestibular problems. In the case of BPPV, a person can become symptom-free in one to two visits. Vestibular problems are not something to be ignored, however, as they can be the sign of a much more serious problem, and patients should therefore be seen by their doctor and/or a neurologist who can determine the cause of the vertigo. We are more than happy to talk with you about your problem and help you where appropriate. After all, who wants to live life being &#x201C;dizzy&#x201D;?
measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing healthcare quality information for consumers, purchasers, healthcare providers, and researchers. The American Diabetes Association is the nation&#x2019;s leading
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disposing in the trash: o Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.
o Add kitty litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds (or any material that mixes with the medication and makes it less appealing for pets and children to eat) to the plastic bag.
o Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash. o Remove and destroy all identifying personal information (prescription label) from all medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away. *Visit www.smarxtdisposal.net
for more information and for a list of medications that should be flushed. The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852
as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.
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