Surprising facts about the history of pharmacy

You’ll probably be surprised to learn that pharmacists are actually the ones responsible for the creation of several soft drinks, or that many poisonous substances are actually made into helpful medications. The history of the pharmaceutical industry is filled with many surprising facts as BCBSKS staff pharmacist Tiffany Liesmann shares below.

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Tips to prevent pharmacy fraud

Guard against pharmacy fraud with these tips

I like old movies and when a good classic is on, I have been known to stay up well past my bedtime to see the end – even though I have likely seen the end more than once.

Not long ago, I was catching a classic movie on a channel that still runs commercials. Generally, I tune out or change the channel, but this commercial caught my attention. Continue reading “Guard against pharmacy fraud with these tips”

What are specialty drugs

What is special about specialty drugs?

OK, I am going to show my age… Life used to be more simple. That statement is true for many aspects of life, even for the medications you take to treat an illness. Not so many years ago, every medication you needed was available at your local pharmacy. You would visit your doctor about a problem, get a prescription, take that prescription to your local pharmacy and take home your medication. It was very easy. However, we now live in an era of specialty drug products that make this process a bit more complicated. Continue reading “What is special about specialty drugs?”

How to get started with a mail order pharmacy

We live in an amazing time. In today’s world, you can have almost anything delivered right to your front door. Pizza, flowers, shoes, a new outfit, a new phone, furniture, diapers, even your entire grocery list. Everything is becoming more and more convenient. What about your medications? Have you ever thought about having medicine delivered to your home from a mail order pharmacy? Continue reading “How to get started with a mail order pharmacy”

Are generic medications good for you

The Doctor’s Note: Should you use generic meds?

Does the cost of your medications cause you to question their value to your health? Prescription drug costs have increased rapidly in recent years. One way to reduce your costs is to ask your doctor if a generic drug is available for your condition.

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Understanding prescription drug exclusions

Have you ever looked beyond your copay to see the true cost of your medication? The next time you pick up a prescription, look at the total cost – the amount your insurance covers plus your share of the expense.  You will quickly discover that drugs are expensive! Continue reading “Understanding prescription drug exclusions”