Better Health Pharmacy now open 40 hours weekly

The Santa Clara County Better Health Pharmacy is providing a very innovative service receiving donated medications to distribute to low income patients. There is a crisis with the cost of needed medications. The view of the patient primarily as a revenue source is of great concern. Medications such as Flonase for treatment of allergic symptoms is available over the counter for $16, and the same medication, an old steroid preparation, but life saving for asthma treatment, is no longer available in the low cost generic preparation, but is $60-80. The epinephrine pen (EpiPen) lifesaving for severe allergic reactions was $10 then $100 then $600. There is a black market for diabetic testing strips. We might look to other countries that see the health of citizens not as profit opportunities, but as a service for the good of the country. This pharmacy is making a big difference for all of their patients providing no cost medications to those who need them. Information below:
 

Better Health Pharmacy is proud to announce that we are now open 40 hours weekly! Our pharmacists are also available during those hours to take your prescription orders and to answer any questions you may have at our MD line: 408-794-0565 (this telephone number not to be given to patients).

Our pharmacy is the first and only dedicated surplus drug redistribution program in California. We receive unused, unopened, and unexpired medications from licensed healthcare facilities, and dispense the medications at no cost to patients who have a valid prescription. Our pharmacy aims to improve health by increasing medication access for all and serves patients who cannot afford their medications.

Some important points to know about Better Health Pharmacy:

Address/Public Phone:

725 E. Santa Clara Street #202.
San Jose, CA 95112
408.794.0564

New hours of operations:

Tuesday – Friday: 10.30am – 7pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Better Health Pharmacy is also closed on all county-observed holidays.

See list here: https://www.sccgov.org/sites/scc/Pages/County-Holidays-Schedule.aspx

Caring for Elders: Tips for Managing Pain

Caring for Elders: Tips for Managing Pain

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

Older adults are more likely to experience pain than the general population but they may be less likely to be treated for it. The most common reason that pain in elders is under treated is that it is under reported. Many elders consider pain a natural consequence of aging – something they just have to live with – and don't report it to their doctors. Untreated chronic pain puts a great deal of stress on the body and on the individual's emotional health as well. It can lead to depression, anxiety, reduced mobility and strength, and loss of appetite and sleep.

The Dangers of Undiagnosed Dementia: A Doctor's Story

The Dangers of Undiagnosed Dementia: A Doctor's Story

BY CAROL BRADLEY BURSACK  | 2.3.2017

Many people understandably wonder if there is any point in seeking an official diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia when there is no cure and doctors are limited in how much they can help manage the symptoms. While this kind of thinking is practical in some ways, it can have terrible consequences for a person experiencing cognitive issues (and their family members). Even a general diagnosis can aid families in getting practical help for their loved ones and open up educational opportunities to help them through the difficult territory of dementia care. It can also ensure they are receiving appropriate medical care and help to prevent elder abuse.

I approached Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk, Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Medical Director at Silverado Senior Living in Belmont, CA, about the dangers of allowing cognitive changes go undiagnosed. Below, Dr. Landsverk shares a personal story along with some wise words of advice for all of us.

Caring for Elders with Dementia: Tips for Family Members

Caring for Elders with Dementia: Tips for Family Members

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

Someone in the United States develops dementia every 66 seconds1. The diagnosis is devastating for those who have the disease and also imposes a crushing burden on their families. The decision on the best way to care for a loved one with dementia is dependent on many factors, particularly the stage of the illness and of course the family's ability to provide the necessary care.