How do I get rid of unused, expired medications?

As patients start to feel better with our treatments, we are often asked how to get rid of unused or old medication.  Well, medication disposal is a hot topic in medicine today.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has detected multiple pharmaceutical products in various ecosystems.  Although these products tend to be present in relatively low…

Spinal injections relieve pain and return patients to daily activities

Spinal injections, or epidurals, for low back pain have been found to help relieve pain and aid patients in returning to performing daily activities according to the results of a recent study.  The study, conducted by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Institute for Quality Care, reported that more than 78% of patients receiving…

Shingles vaccine update

A recent Kaiser Permanente study has shown that the shingle vaccine (Zostavax) reduces the risk of contracting the rash by 55% in patients age 60 and older.  The study also found that the vaccine reduced the risk of ophthalmic by 63%.  The vaccine costs about $150.  All Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug) plans cover…

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY This Saturday, September 25, residents in the Charleston area have a wonderful opportunity to positively impact public health and public safety by participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and partner organizations are launching this first-ever event…

How do families cope with pain?

Most illnesses are short lived, but can still cause us difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADLs).  Basic ADLs are those activities associated with self-care like personal hygiene, dressing/undressing, eating, and moving around.  But ADLs also extend to other fundamental areas of life – employment, house cleaning, grocery shopping, home maintenance, laundry, preparing meals, caring…