July 21, 2017

The Real Deal on Generic Drugs – Are Brand-Name Substitutes Safe and Effective?

By Tim Gentilcore, PharmD Director for Mission Health’s Retail Pharmacy Generic drugs are all about saving money. Tim Gentilcore, PharmD, head of Mission Health Pharmacy, answers common questions so you can decide if it’s worth it. Q: What is a generic drug? A: A generic drug is a “bioequivalent” of a brand-name drug. Bioequivalent is […]

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June 1, 2017

From the ER – Dr. Cade on Treating Pain and the Dangers of Drug Addiction

By Gabriel Cade, MD Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Pain is part of the human condition. We all experience pain, and we all have different relationships with pain. Part of my job in the ED is to ease your suffering, to address your pain. The beds aren’t bad. You might get a pillow. The blanket warmer […]

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January 17, 2017

Wait, What? When You Get More Than Just the Prescription

By Tim Gentilcore Director, Retail Pharmacy at Mission Health Most of the time, filling a prescription is routine. But sometimes we need to do a little more explaining for our patients when doctor’s orders and/or insurance responses seem to be written in code. When you see a direction you might not understand on your medication, […]

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October 6, 2016

Making the Most of Your Pharmacy Consult: What Should You Be Asking?

Too often, we overlook the significance of a consultation with our pharmacist. Perhaps we’re too busy or simply do not know what to ask. Tim Gentilcore, PharmD, Director-Retail Pharmacy at Mission Health, explains how you can make the most of your visit with this crucial healthcare partner. “Community pharmacists are trained to assist patients who […]

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July 14, 2016

WLOS Health Alert: McDowell Hospital Pharmacist Dan Garrett Recognized for Innovative “Asheville Project”

WLOS — ASHEVILLE — One pharmacist believes it takes the entire medical community to promote better health and druggists are no exception. With the help of pharmacist Dan Garrett, longtime healthcare provider Donna Borowski took another approach to battle diabetes. “I was diagnosed at 50 with diabetes, having had a strong family history,” Borowski said. […]

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March 11, 2015


The two main reasons that your medicine label says "take with food" are: 1) to aid in drug absorption and effectiveness, and 2) to reduce and/or alleviate any gastrointestinal discomfort that a specific drug may cause. Pharmacists get questions about this all the time. 

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