What is Medical Synchronization?
Medication Synchronization allows the coordination of a patients full medication profile to allow refilling all medications at the same time each month.
How does this benefit me?
Medication Synchronization benefits you in several ways. First, it eliminates the need to phone in refills. Also, since you have all your medications refilled at the same time each month, it allows for fewer trips to the pharmacy saving time and gas. Finally, it provides a monthly review of your entire medication profile to make sure it is accurate and up to date.
What is the difference between brand and generic medications?
A brand name drug is a medicine that's discovered, developed and marketed by a pharmaceutical company. Once a new drug is discovered, the company files for a patent to protect against other companies making copies and selling the drug. At this point the drug has two names: a generic name that's the drug's common scientific name and a brand name to make it stand out in the marketplace. This is true of prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter drugs. An example is the pain reliever Tylenol®. The brand name is Tylenol® and the generic name is acetaminophen. Generic drugs have the same active ingredients as brand name drugs already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Generics only become available after the patent expires on a brand name drug. Patent periods may last up to 20 years on some drugs. The same company that makes the brand name drug may also produce the generic version. Or, a different company might produce it.
How do I transfer my prescription to Medical Park Pharmacy?
Transferring a prescription to Medical Park Pharmacy couldn't be easier. Simply call or stop by one of our locations, provide the name of the medication and where it was filled last. We will take care of everything else.
Can I get my diabetes supplies filled under my Medicare card?
Yes. At Medical Park Pharmacy and Home Medical we can bill Medicare for your diabetic testing supplies. Medicare will typically cover 80% of the cost and you would be responsible for only 20%. In cases where patients have a supplemental insurance to Medicare the 20% copay will be covered by them. If you are a prescription customer of Medical Park we can file several brands of supplies with zero up front cost to you. Some brands of supplies require payment up front and others we can bill Medicare with no up front cost to you. Call us today and we can help you decide.
What is compounding?
Compounding combines an ageless art with the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, allowing specially trained professionals to prepare customized medications to meet each patient's specific needs. Compounding was a standard means of providing prescription medications before drugs began to be produced in mass quantities by pharmaceutical manufacturers. The demand for professional compounding has greatly increased as doctors and patients realize that the limited number of strengths and dosage forms commercially available do not meet the needs of many patients. These patients often have a better response to a customized dosage form that is "just what the doctor ordered" because no two people are the same.
What is Medical Park's 6/12 Program?
Our 6/12 Program is meant to provide you with a cost-effective alternative to the $4-style plans you get at the big box stores. We have many of the newer drugs that went generic in the last 5 years that are not on other pharmacies' lists of low-cost medications. With our program, you can get either a 6-month or 12-month supply of your medicines at enormous discounts with more savings at higher quantities. This program is intended for patients on maintenance doses of chronic medications. For patients with no insurance, we're much cheaper than pharmacies like Walmart, for instance. For patients on Medicare Part D, you can use our 6/12 Program to possibly either delay falling into the so-called "donut-hole," or miss it altogether. Come talk to our pharmacists today and see how our 6/12 Program can help you save REAL money.
How does compounding benefit me?
There are several reasons why doctors and pharmacists provide compounded medications for patients. The primary reason for compounding is to avoid patient non-compliance or not taking their medication when the patient is either unable or unwilling to use the medication as directed. Many patients are allergic to preservatives or dyes, or require a dosage that is different from the standard drug strengths.
With a physician's consent, a compounding pharmacist can:
- Adjust the strength of a medication
- Avoid unwanted ingredients, such as dyes, preservative, lactose, gluten, or sugar.
- Add flavor to make the medication more palatable
- Prepare medications using unique delivery systems. For patients who find it difficult to swallow a capsule, a compounding pharmacist may prepare the drug as a flavored liquid suspension instead. Other medication forms include topical gels or creams that can be absorbed through the skin resulting in a localized effect avoiding unwanted side effects that are a result of taking the same medication by mouth. Suppositories, sublingual troches, or even lollipops can be made at your doctor's request.