Katie Kiser
18Sep

Employee Spotlight | Katie Kiser

At Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions, we are excited to introduce Katie Kiser, our monthly Employee Spotlight! Katie is our Nursing Services Consultant; she identifies issues and develops solutions while providing consultation services. Originally from the historic town of Knoxville, Tennessee, she brings her very own southern charm to work.
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pharmacogenomics
18Sep

A Lesson in Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacogenomics, known as the study of how human genes affect a person’s response to medication, blends pharmacology (the study of drugs) with genomics (the study of genes and their functions). This combination aids in the development of safe, effective medication therapy and doses that are tailored to each individual’s genetic makeup. Medicine is not “one size fits all,” and it is difficult to predict who may benefit from specific medicine, who will not respond, or who may experience adverse side effects.

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Gary Runyon
18Sep

Employee Spotlight | Gary Runyon

 

Meet Gary Runyon, this week’s employee spotlight! Gary is a hard-working pharmacist, and a great addition to the Mac’s LTC team! Accumulating over 15 years of pharmacy experience, from clinical to community, he began his career in Nashville, Tennessee as a technician in 2003. After just a few weeks as a technician, Gary knew that he wanted to become a pharmacist. 

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mental health
18Sep

Ways to Boost Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health is a key factor in a person’s overall health and wellbeing – without a positive mentality, you cannot be truly healthy. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can contribute to her or his community. Poor mental health is also linked to various health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, heart disease, and stroke. There are several simple ways to improve your mental health to boost your mentality and improve your overall wellbeing:

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Morgan Honeycutt
18Sep

Employee Spotlight | Morgan Honeycutt

Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions is excited to feature Morgan Honeycutt in our Employee Spotlight! Originally from Johnson City, Tennessee, Morgan graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cellular Molecular Biology, and later received a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In addition to completing his doctorate, Morgan’s three top highlights are following Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, marrying his wife, Jamie, the birth of their children

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fresh foods
18Sep

Anti-Inflammatory Spices for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is a form of arthritis that affects some people that have the skin condition psoriasis – a condition resulting in red patches of skin topped with silvery scales. Joint pain, stiffness and swelling are the main symptoms of PA, and are caused by a hyperactive immune system that creates inflammation in the body. There is currently no cure for PA, so treatments focus on controlling symptoms and preventing damage to joints. Without treatments, PA may become disabling. Several medications can be used to decrease pain and inflammation, or there are procedures to reduce inflammation, such as steroid injections or joint replacement surgeries. However, before utilizing these measures, many people turn to natural remedies first. There are several spices that have been shown beneficial in psoriatic arthritis.

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Whitney Walker
18Sep

Employee Spotlight | Whitney Walker

Meet Whitney Walker, this week’s Employee Spotlight! Whitney is an excellent and dedicated pharmacist here at Mac’s LTC Pharmacy Solutions. She brings joy in the pharmaceutical care for our patients and communities we serve. She has worked in various areas of pharmacy including academics, community, and long-term care. Committed to lifelong learning and eager to stay current on the latest information and technologies, Whitney provides positive outcomes for our patients!

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eMAR
18Sep

What is eMar?

eMAR, or electronic medication administration record is the electronic versions replacing paper records previously used in many healthcare facilities. Both of these medication administration records serve as a legal record of all of the drugs administered to each patient at a community by a healthcare professional. These administrations are then part of the patient’s permanent record on their medical chart. It is essential for the patients’ health that this record is accurate and updated regularly.

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pill press
18Sep

LTC Pharmacy Logistics

 

Long-term care (LTC) pharmacies serve the residents of nursing homes, assisted-living communities, extended-care communities, and retirement communities. LTC pharmacies operate differently than most traditional pharmacies. Usually, these pharmacies are “closed-door,” meaning that no patients walk-in to fill prescriptions. LTC pharmacy procedures go above and beyond many retail pharmacy processes, with core services including prescription processing, dispensing and delivery, medication management, return, reuse, and disposal of medications.

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fresh food
18Sep

Diabetes Prevention and 4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Diabetes is a condition that affects over 30 million Americans. When uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to severe complications such as: blindness, kidney failure, and heart disease. Certain risk factors (age, genetics, past behaviors) cannot be changed; however, there are some actions you can take now to reduce your risks in an effort to prevent diabetes.

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