Pharmacy

Allina adds tool to help doctors save patients money on prescriptions

[Kaiser Health News, July 10, 2019] When Mary Kay Gilbert saw her doctor in May for a skin infection on her leg, she wasn’t surprised to receive a prescription for an antibiotic cream. But Gilbert, 54, a nurse and health consultant, was shocked when her physician clicked on the desktop computer and told Gilbert the […]

Allina Health Pharmacy volunteers pack opioid overdose kits

[KSTP-TV, Sept. 26, 2018] Allina Health Pharmacy volunteers are doing something to fight the opioid addiction epidemic. They are packing Narcan kits. Narcan is used as an antidote to opioid overdoses. It’s part of an annual community service event every year for Allina Health Pharmacy leaders.

EpiPen, generics in temporary short supply

[KSTP-TV, May 14, 2018] Patients across Minnesota are busy trying to make sure they can get their hands on needed epinephrine brands in the case of a potentially deadly allergic reaction. There is currently a nationwide EpiPen shortage. The shortage involves brand name and some generic versions. The shortage affects pens made by drug manufacturer […]

Allina adds extra security for controlled substance prescriptions

[KSTP-TV, Oct. 27, 2017] Allina Health is among the first healthcare providers in the Twin Cities to meet federal requirements for having two layers of security for practitioners sending electronic prescriptions for controlled substances to pharmacies. “We’re making sure the prescriptions go there without any potential for forgeries of those prescriptions,” Lee Mork said, who […]

Choosing over-the-counter medicine requires some research

[CCX Media, March 7, 2017] A trip to the pharmacy can be an overwhelming experience for someone simply trying to choose an over-the-counter medication to treat a symptom. Not only are there varieties of choices, says Allina Health pharmacist Mckaya Kastner but people also have to worry about how a new medication might interact with […]

Getting rid of unused prescription drugs safely

[WCCO-TV, Sept. 21, 2016] The safe disposal of drugs not only prevents others from swiping bottles from home medicine cabinets, but it also protects the environment. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. “Sixty percent of patients in a recent survey in ‘Annals Of Internal Medicine’ reported that […]