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Pharmacy Q&A

Pharmacy Q and A in New Jersey

  • Q: What can your pharmacist do for me?

    Our pharmacist:

    • checks that the dose prescribed is safe for you
    • confirms that the new medication is safe for you to take along with other   medications you are taking
    • fills your prescription
    • gives you information on the prescribed drugs
    • recommend vaccinations
    • helps you understand more about your drug treatment

  • Q: What is Compliance Pack?

    Compliance Pack is a weekly medication pack that our pharmacy will prepare upon request to help manage multiple medications.

  • Q: What is “compounding”?

    Pharmacy compounding is a practice in which a licensed pharmacist combines, mixes, or alters ingredients of a drug in response to a prescription to create a medication tailored to the medical needs of an individual patient.

  • Q: When will flu activity begin and when will it peak?

    The timing of flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Susceptibility to flu can also vary between one person to another so the best way to prevent flu is to get vaccinated.

  • Q: How to prepare for cold and flu season?

    • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for ten seconds. Use   antibacterial alcohol-based foam and gels when you don’t have access to soap and   water.
    • Get a flu vaccination if you are in a high-risk population
    • Eat a well-balanced diet
    • Get good rest

  • Q: When should I get vaccinated?

    Flu season in the USA can start as early as October but patients are encouraged to get their flu vaccine as early as August.

  • Q: Why do I need a flu vaccine every year?

    A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

    Also, multiple studies conducted over different seasons and across vaccine types and influenza virus subtypes have shown that the body’s immunity to influenza viruses (acquired either through natural infection or vaccination) declines over time.

    Getting vaccinated each year provides the best protection against influenza throughout flu season.

  • Q: Will new flu viruses circulate this season?

    Flu viruses are constantly changing so it’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year.

  • Q: What sort of flu season is expected this year?

    Flu seasons are unpredictable in a number of ways. Although epidemics of flu happen every year, the timing, severity, and length of the epidemic depends on many factors, including what influenza viruses are spreading, whether they match the viruses in the vaccine, and how many people get the vaccine.

  • Q: How do I know if I have a flu?

    Consult your physician if you exhibit a combination of symptoms such as:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Sore Throat
    • Runny or Clogged Nose
    • Muscle or Body pains
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue

  • Q: Do I need 2 flu shots each year?

    Not necessarily. However, it is best to consult your physician prior to getting your flu shot and how frequently you should get a flu vaccination in a given year.

  • Q: I was vaccinated for H1N1 and other seasonal flu last year. Do I need another flu vaccination this year?

    Yes! Influenza viruses are constantly changing so antibody made against one strain will become less effective against new strains as flu strains evolve over time. Also, the safest and most effective way to fight against flu is to get vaccinated every year.

  • Q: Are there any side effects of the flu medications?

    Depending on the type of the antiviral prescribed side effect vary but most common are stomach upset and diarrhea. Our pharmacist will review side effects with you if you are prescribed these medications.

  • Q: Are there any over-the-counter medications I should avoid if I am taking prescribed flu medications?

    Currently, there are no over-the-counter medications that should be avoided when taking prescribed flu medications but always check with your doctor and your pharmacist regarding your particular health situation when combining medications.

  • Q: I’ve been having my specialty medications administered at my prescriber’s office. Can I continue this?

    Yes. If you receive your specialty pharmacy medication as part of your treatment at your prescriber’s office, or at a treatment center:

    • Call your prescriber and ask that your medication prescription be sent to E & M   Pharmacy
    • We will call you to obtain information about your health and explain our services
    • We will send educational information to you about your medication
    • We will deliver your medication to your prescriber’s office in time for your treatment

  • Q: My specialty medications are delivered to my home. Can I continue this?

    Yes! If your specialty pharmacy medication is administered at home by you, a caretaker or nurse:

    • Call your prescriber and ask that your prescription may be sent to E & M Pharmacy
    • We will send educational information to you about your medication
    • We will deliver your medication to your location of choice – your home, workplace or   other destination.

    If you are currently receiving your medication from another pharmacy, we can make arrangements and transfer your medication to us.

  • Q: What information do I need to share with the pharmacists to receive support services?

    You simply need to provide us with information about your condition and therapy. It’s that easy! Our experienced team of pharmacists will work closely with you throughout the treatment.

  • Q: Will these support services replace the medical care I am receiving from my prescriber?

    No. Our support services do not replace the medical care you receive from your prescriber. We are an extension of your medical team, so we work closely with your prescriber to help ensure you get the best results from your prescribed medication.

  • Q: Will information about my condition and medication remain confidential?

    Of course! In accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), we ensure you that we will handle your medication information with your privacy and confidentiality always in mind.

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