Pharmacy Services

  • Flu Shots Available Now at Pharmaca

    Flu season is nearly upon us--and Pharmaca has made it easier than ever to get your immunizations. All of our pharmacies can now provide shots to any customer who requests one during open pharmacy hours.

    In addition, Pharmaca will hold Flu Shot Clinics every Tuesday in September, October and November, between 2-6pm. Customers can bring their questions about immunization and other health concerns to pharmacists and practitioners, and receive personalized advice about their health. Plus, if you get a flu shot at Pharmaca and you're a Feel Better Rewards member, you'll receive a $5 gift coupon to use on any non-pharmacy purchase.

    “Pharmaca is proud to be an integrative solution for all of our customers’ health and wellness needs,” says Stuart Gratz, Pharmaca’s vice president of pharmacy operations. “By offering these immunizations at any time, we’re serving the needs of customers who feel that immunization is the best option for them—and making it most convenient for them.”

    As always, the CDC strongly encourages vaccination for every season, especially for children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes and other long-term conditions who are at high risk from flu complications. Learn more about the flu, including prevention and treatment, from the CDC.

    Plus, we've made the process even simpler by allowing patients to download and fill out Patient Intake Forms (PDF) ahead of time! Just bring it with you when you request your immunization. Speak with a pharmacist about your immunization needs.

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  • Flu Season is Here: Are You Ready?

    This year's flu has come early, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In a press conference held in early December, experts at the CDC said that this is the earliest flu season they’ve seen in nearly a decade, since 2003. Because 2003-2004 was a severe flu year, the CDC is concerned that 2012-2013, too, may be an especially dangerous year for the flu.

    The current numbers are based on recent reports of flu-related doctor’s visits. The good news is that vaccination can go a long way toward preventing the development of influenza. “Of the doctors who are submitting specimens that we look at to see which strains of flu are spreading, about 90 percent are very well matched with this year's flu vaccine,” said Thomas Frieden, director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.

    As always, the CDC strongly encourages vaccination for every season, especially for children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes and other long-term conditions who are at high risk from flu complications. Learn more about the flu, including prevention and treatment, from the CDC.

    Ready for your flu shot? Stop in to your local Pharmaca any time and request a flu shot from our pharmacists. They can also help answer any questions you have about the vaccine.   

  • Are You Up to Date on Your Immunizations?

    While vaccinations aren’t for everyone, the Centers for Disease Control recommend various immunizations for different populations. Here’s what you need to know about potential vaccinations that could benefit you and your family.

    Flu: Because different formulations of flu vaccines are developed each year—and everyone is at risk for getting the flu—the CDC recommends flu shots as soon as the new vaccine is available. The CDC especially recommends vaccination for those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; people 65 and older; or people who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications. (Pharmaca also offers preservative-free flu vaccinations, on request.)  

    Whooping cough: Incidences of this infection have dramatically increased across the country in the last two years, and in California, state law now requires that middle and high-school students be vaccinated before entering school. Risk of death is highest in infants and small children, so these age groups, adults who come into contact with them and pregnant women are encouraged to stay up to date on their whooping cough/pertussis vaccinations. The CDC even recommends that teens and adults who were completely vaccinated as children have the Tdap booster vaccination.

    Shingles: Zostavax immunizations can successfully combat this virus, which affects an estimated 1 million people each year. Shingles is a painful, contagious rash that shows up as a recurrence of the chickenpox virus. As we age, our immunity against the virus diminishes, so the CDC recommends a shingles vaccination for anyone over the age of 60.

    Pneumonia: A type of pneumococcal disease, pneumonia is a bacterial infection that can be fatal in those with lower resistance. There are two types of vaccines for pneumonia, one for children under 5, and one called Pneumovax, which the CDC recommends for adults over 65 as well as adults 19-64 who have certain risk factors such as heart, liver or lung disease; alcoholism; asthma; and other conditions that compromise immunity.

    All of these vaccinations can be requested on a walk-in basis at any of our pharmacies. In addition, Pharmaca offers Vaccination Clinics every Tuesday between 2-6pm throughout the flu season. Customers can bring their questions about immunizations and other health concerns to pharmacists and practitioners, and receive personalized advice about their health.

    Want to save time? Download a patient intake form (PDF) ahead of time, fill it out and bring it with you when you request your immunization.

    Learn more about the CDC’s vaccination recommendations.

  • Pharmaca welcomes Express Scripts members!

    Patients covered under Express Scripts' benefits plans can still bring their prescriptions to Pharmaca without any interruption of service. It's part of our commitment to offering personalized, convenient service to as many customers as possible. And don't forget! For each new prescription you transfer, you'll get a coupon for $30 in free retail shopping! (Click for voucher and offer details.)

    If you are a member of Express Scripts who can no longer fill your prescription at other pharmacies, just call or visit your local Pharmaca and have the following handy:

    1. Your prescription bottle/number
    2. The name and phone number of your prescribing doctor
    3. The name and phone number of the pharmacy you're transferring from
  • Attention Boulder: Drug Take-Back Coming Soon

    For all of our customers in Boulder, Colo.: The city's annual Pharmaceutical Drop-off Day is coming up! Instead of tossing your unused or expired medication, take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to properly dispose of your prescriptions and keep them out of our water supply. Bring your unused or expired medications to Boulder Community Foothills Hospital (4747 Arapahoe) on Saturday, September 24, between 8am and 1pm.

    If you're outside of Boulder, visit the Drug Take-Back Network website to find out about local efforts in your city. Or, read more about proper prescription disposal. Our earth will thank you!

  • Whooping cough vaccinations now available

    If you live in California, you probably know that cases of whooping cough have dramatically increased over the last 50 years. Also know as pertussis, whooping cough now affects an estimated 7,800 people in California alone (via Huffington Post).

    As a result, last year the California legislature enacted a law that requires students in grades 7-12 to prove that they've been vaccinated before the next school year.

    All of Pharmaca's California locations are now offering walk-in immunizations for whooping cough. The immunizations are just $49, far lower than most other pharmacies.

    To find out more about immunizations at your local Pharmaca, call your local store.

  • Proper prescription drug disposal

    Still confused about what to do with your unused prescriptions? Experts recommend different disposal methods for different meds, depending on their danger to humans or pets in the household.

    The best option: Find a drug take-back program in your area. Start by contacting the trash and recycling program of your city or county government, or find local listings on the website of The Drug Take-Back Network.

    If no take-back program exists in your area, the FDA recommends the following disposal method for most medications (see below for medications that should be flushed instead).

    Most common disposal procedure

    • Remove drugs from original container. Conceal or remove personal information, including Rx number, from container.
    • Mix drugs with a substance such as cat litter or coffee grounds.
    • Place mixture in a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub or a resealable plastic bag. Dispose in trash along with empty containers.

    When to flush
    According to the FDA, it’s more important to ensure that potent narcotics (e.g. painkillers) stay out of reach of people and pets. For this reason, the FDA advises flushing the following medications:

    Actiq, oral transmucosal lozenge *
    Avinza, capsules (extended release)
    Daytrana, transdermal patch system
    Demerol, tablets *
    Demerol, oral solution *
    Diastat/Diastat AcuDial, rectal gel
    Dilaudid, tablets *
    Dilaudid, oral liquid *
    Dolophine Hydrochloride, tablets *
    Duragesic, patch (extended release) *
    Embeda, capsules (extended release)
    Exalgo, tablets (extended release)
    Fentora, tablets (buccal)
    Kadian, capsules (extended release)
    Methadone Hydrochloride, oral solution *
    Methadose, tablets *
    Morphine Sulfate, tablets (immediate release) *
    Morphine Sulfate, oral solution *
    MS Contin, tablets (extended release) *
    Onsolis, soluble film (buccal)
    Opana, tablets (immediate release)
    Opana ER, tablets (extended release)
    Oramorph SR, tablets (sustained release)
    Oxycontin, tablets (extended release) *
    Percocet, tablets *
    Percodan, tablets *
    Xyrem, oral solution

    Consider reducing your excess medications
    While bulk discounts may seem attractive, make sure that you’re actually going to use all that medication you’re purchasing. The less we waste, the cleaner our waters.

  • Prescription delivery available!

    Did you know? We now have prescription delivery available from nearly all Pharmaca locations (excluding New Mexico locations, South Boulder and North Boulder).

    Delivery times and costs vary by store, so contact your pharmacy for details.

  • Statins 101

    Cholesterol is a wax-like, fatty substance needed by the body for the production of bile acids, provitamin D3, male and female sex hormones, adrenal hormones and membranes that surround cells. It’s also essential for brain and nerve functions.

    But not all cholesterol is good. The body’s total cholesterol is made up of both HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol. A total cholesterol count that is higher than 240 mg/dL or an LDL level greater than 130 mg/dL represents a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

    If you fall into one of those categories, your doctor might prescribe statins like Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol or Crestor to lower your cholesterol. Statins help reduce LDL levels and can also help increase HDL levels, thereby reducing overall risk. About 60 percent of women and 75 percent of men over age 65 were prescribed these medications in 2002 according to the most recent data available from the National Center for Health Statistics.

    Statins can cause unpleasant side effects like muscle and joint pain, nausea and potential liver damage. However, the advantages outweigh the risks in most cases. Additional benefits include reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure, plus new research is exploring the ability of statins to prevent arthritis, cancer and reduce the possibility of dementia.

    Other available prescription treatments for high cholesterol include bile acid binding resins, cholesterol absorption inhibitors and niacin. Speak with your doctor about the best option based on your individual risk profile. Our pharmacy staff will provide a full consultation when you fill any prescription with us.

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