Laboratory & Pharmacy

January 9, 2019

Educate Before You Medicate – 5 Questions to Ask Your Pharmacist

Have you ever picked up a prescription, gotten home and realized you have questions about it? Next time you leave the pharmacy, leave with your prescription and your questions answered when you ask your pharmacist these five essential questions. Prescriptions can be confusing – especially if you have to take more than one (at the […]

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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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February 15, 2017

Helpful Healthcare Hints: Four Ways to Save Time and Money When You’re Sick

We’ve reached that time of the year when it’s like Halloween for germs, viruses, bugs and allergies to sneak up on every individual they can find and play their nasty tricks on your immune system. One minute you’re feeling great and the next minute you’re hoping for a visit from the Grim Reaper. Reaching that […]

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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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