Understanding Counterfeit DrugsPublished: 2017-09-26
Date Modified: 2017-09-26
Bryant Family Managed Care - Counterfeit Drugs
Author: iHealth Spot
Everyone’s heard of counterfeit money, counterfeit designer jeans, and “knock-off” designer purses, but do you know about counterfeit prescription medications? The incidence of counterfeit medications in the United States is low, compared to developing countries, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would like to keep it that way. The FDA warns consumers to only purchase prescription medications from state-licensed pharmacies and websites with the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) seal. All prescription drugs in the United States pass through rigorous clinical trials and review processes to make sure they are safe and effective before receiving FDA approval and becoming available to the public. br> Counterfeit medications may appear like the real thing, but actually contain no active ingredient, too much of an active ingredient, or too little of an active ingredient. Counterfeit drugs may or may not look different, taste different, or make you feel different. The bottom line is that because their ingredients are unknown and unregulated, they can be dangerous to your health.
If you purchase prescription medication from another country, a suspicious website, or a source other than a state-licensed pharmacy you are at risk that it is counterfeit. If you suspect you have received a counterfeit, bring the medication to a pharmacist who can check it out. Remember, FDA-approved medications are sold at state-licensed pharmacies in the United States and websites with the VIPPS seal.
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Eating Right for Kidney Health: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney DiseasePublished: 2017-09-26
Date Modified: 2017-09-26
Bryant Family Managed Care - Kidney Health.
Author: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
What you eat and drink can help slow down chronic kidney disease. Some foods are better for your kidneys than others. Cooking and preparing your food from scratch can help you eat healthier.
These tips will help you eat right as you manage your CKD. The First Steps to Eating Right are important for all people with CKD. The Next Steps to Eating Right may become important as your kidneys slow down. 1 in 3 people in the US will develop Shingles (Zoster or Herpes Zoster). There are approximately 1 million cases of shingles each year. Anyone can get shingles, including children. However, the risk increases as you get older. Half of all cases are age 60 and older. People who have a compromised immune system are at greater risk.
Work with your dietitian to choose the right foods for you.
The First Steps to Eating Right
Step 1: Choose and prepare foods with less salt and sodium.
Why? To help control your blood pressure. Your diet should contain less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day.
Look for food labels that say:
Step 2: Eat the right amount and the right types of protein.
Why? To help protect your kidneys.
Step 3: Choose foods that are healthy for your heart.
Why? To help keep fat from building up in your blood vessels, heart, and kidneys.
The Next Steps to Eating Right
As your kidneys slow down, you may need to eat foods that are lower in phosphorus and potassium. Your health care provider will use lab tests to watch your levels.
Step 4: Choose foods with less phosphorus.
Why? To help protect your bones and blood vessels.
Foods Lower in Phosphorus:
Foods Higher in Phosphorus:
Step 5: Choose foods that have the right amount of potassium.
Why? To help your nerves and muscles work the right way.
Foods Lower in Potassium:
Foods Higher in Potassium
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What is Shingles?Published: 2017-09-06
Date Modified: 2017-09-06
At Bryant Family Managed Care, we feel it important to share as much information with you as possible. Here is some information regarding Shingles.
FACTS AND STATISTICS:
1 in 3 people in the US will develop Shingles (Zoster or Herpes Zoster). There are approximately 1 million cases of shingles each year. Anyone can get shingles, including children. However, the risk increases as you get older. Half of all cases are age 60 and older. People who have a compromised immune system are at greater risk.
Shingles is caused by varicella zoster virus (Chickenpox). Once a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays inactive in the body.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
It is a painful rash that develops on one side of the body or face. The rash forms blisters. Often times, people have pain, itching, or tingling up to 5 days before the rash develops. The rash usually lasts 7-10 days.
Shingles cannot be passed from one person to another. However, if you have shingles, you can spread the virus to someone who has never had chickenpox. They will develop chickenpox..not shingles.
There are several antiviral medications used to treat shingles (Acyclovir, Valacyclovir, and Famcicolivir). Medications should be started as soon as possible after the rash appears. You may also need pain medication.
1. Approximately 3.2 million people in the US have chronic Hepatitis C. Many do not even know they have it
WHO SHOULD BE TESTED
1. People who were born between 1945 and 1965
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED:
1. IV drug use
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
1. Often, there are no symptoms
1. There are many new drugs to treat Hepatitis C. For a complete list please visit:
ONLINE RISK ASSESSMENT:
OTHER TYPES OF HEPATITIS:
1. A: Usually spread to someone who has never been infected and has not been vaccinated. Usually by ingesting food that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person. It does NOT cause chronic liver disease. There IS a vaccination.
2. B: Spread through contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person. May also be transmitted by a mother to her unborn child. It may also be transmitted by sexual contact. It causes chronic liver failure. There IS a vaccination.
3. D: Spread through contact with infected blood. It ONLY occurs in people who are already infected with B.
4. E: Spread through contaminated drinking water. Usually clears after 4-6 weeks and there is no specific treatment. It usually occurs in underdeveloped countries. There is NO vaccine.