July 9, 2018

Putting the Patient First – Q&A: The Next Generation of Medical Office Buildings is Here

By Cheri Henshilwood President and CNO at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Rebecca Carter, answers questions about the offerings inside the Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Q. What makes care at the Mauzy-Phillips Center so different? A. All providers work within steps of one another at this center. Patient care collaboration occurs seamlessly in […]

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June 6, 2018

The Best Medicine – 3 Benefits of a Specialty Pharmacy

Serious illnesses require complicated treatments. That’s often just the beginning, because figuring out medications can be quite complex – mentally and financially. Mission Specialty Pharmacy offers help. Here are three reasons to seek out the services of the specialty pharmacy: 1 – Help for Complex Conditions Mission Specialty Pharmacy is an ideal choice for those […]

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May 15, 2018

Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen – Which OTC Pain Reliever Should You Choose?

By Ben Lamm, Pharmacist We’ve all heard warnings about acetaminophen’s impact on your liver, or how ibuprofen can lead to ulcers. So which one is truly your best option if you need relief from a headache, or joint or muscle pain? Both are fine, as long as… Either acetaminophen or ibuprofen are reasonably safe options, […]

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December 14, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Health Conscious Person on Your List

Finding holiday gifts for our loved ones and friends can be tough. These unique, wellness-focused gifts will bring a smile to their faces while helping them keep healthy this holiday season. Essential Oils – Create the spa experience at home with certified 100 percent pure, therapeutic grade Airomé essential oils. The Holiday Cheer blend is […]

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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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