Self-Injection Medication Safety

Author: Michele, Registered Nurse Medicines come in many different forms. Many people are used to taking pills and other oral medication at home and visiting their doctor for injections. However, self-injected medications are commonly used for a number of different conditions, including diabetes, fertility treatments, growth hormone deficiency and others. Self-injections are a safe, effective…

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Understanding How Patients Access Medication from a Specialty Pharmacy

Author: Teresa Kelley, Clinical Operations Supervisor  For many people, the first time they hear about a specialty pharmacy is when they’re prescribed a specialty medication. Specialty pharmacies operate a little differently than traditional, retail pharmacies. This can cause confusion when it’s time for patients to start taking their specialty medication. Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions (HPS) wants…

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Chemo Brain: What it is and How to Cope

Author: Brian Jones, Clinical Pharmacist  Chemo brain is a term widely used to describe chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment. In other words, chemo brain is a mental fog caused by or connected to your cancer treatment. Even though it’s called “chemo brain,” chemotherapy is only one potential cause of this mental fog. Learn more about this common…

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10 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Self-Injection

Author: Michaela Wachal, Clinical Pharmacist  It’s perfectly normal to be nervous around needles. Many people are uncomfortable when their doctor starts talking about shots, needle sticks and syringes. It’s important that this fear does not stop you from getting the health care you need, especially if you are prescribed a self-injection medication. Self-injections are a…

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The Truth About Service Dogs

Author: Amy Adams, Clinical Pharmacist  People bringing emotional support peacocks, ducks, kangaroos and other exotic animals on airplanes often lead to viral news headlines. While it’s fun to read about these wild stories, it’s important to remember the difference between emotional support animals and service dogs. Both are important lifelines for many people but there…

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5 Fertility Fundamentals

Author: Abby Cate, Clinical Pharmacist  There’s a lot of information available about improving your reproductive health and increasing your chances of getting pregnant. It can be hard to know what’s best for your body and your family. It’s important to remember that your body is unique and each couple has their own fertility struggles and…

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Community, Specialty and Infusion Pharmacy Services at HPS Des Moines

Author: Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions  Hy-Vee Pharmacy Solutions (HPS) is excited about our new location in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. This pharmacy is unique because it combines the convenience of traditional retail stores with all the services HPS specialty pharmacy has to offer, including our new infusion pharmacy services. Now that HPS Des Moines is located…

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2 Truths and a Lie about Vaccines

Author: Michaela Wachal, Clinical Pharmacist  Before your kids head back to school, make sure they’re up to date on all their vaccinations. You may have questions about vaccine safety and potential side effects. As a pharmacist and a mother, I want what’s best for my kids. Let me assure you, vaccinations are safe for your…

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7 Tips to Manage MS This Summer

Author: Amy Adams, Clinical Pharmacist  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the central nervous system. In many cases, people with MS will have difficulty with balance, vision and muscle control. One way to manage MS symptoms is to stay cool, which is not always easy…

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