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The pharmacists and staff at Hometown Pharmacy want to be a resource for you and your family for the latest news and information on healthy living and wellness. We have many resources and products in our stores that address current health conditions, weight and diet concerns, beauty and skin care, allergy relief, heart health and much more. Stop in one of our stores today.



Did you know that more than 50 million people in the U.S. are affected? Allergies can be caused by pollen, mold, pets or certain foods, but the key is to find what triggers your allergies so they can be treated more effectively. Find out more allergy info at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology website.


A Healthy Heart

Knowledge of health factors can help each person make positive changes to protect your heart. Maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, manage stress and avoid tobacco usage. Have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked often, especially if age and hereditary factors are involved. For more valuable insight visit the American Heart Association website.


Weight and Diet

Carrying extra weight has many adverse effects. Learn how to to keep extra weight off as well as maintain a balanced diet. For more on what you should know on today’s popular diets visit the website.


Skin Care

At every Hometown Pharmacy, you’ll find a wide selection of premium skin-care products as well as support and advice from our pharmacist team. Find information and sunscreen products, age defying ideas, skin cancer prevention and more at the WebMD website.


Side Effects and Complications

Facing serious side effects, a debilitating disease or supporting a family member or friend through a difficult medical situation can be overwhelming. When it comes to learning about medical complications, handling financial arrangements or discovering your legal options, you may not know where to start. Find help and Patient Advocates at the Drug Watch website.


You will need to contact your local HomeTown Pharmacy for pricing information.

Contact the HomeTown Pharmacy where you would like to have the prescription transferred. The pharmacist will collect the necessary information and complete the prescription transfer.

You will need to contact your local HomeTown Pharmacy for inventory information. If the product is not in stock, the pharmacist may be able to place a special order.

Medicare Part B will cover 80% of the cost of diabetes supplies (blood glucose monitors, test strips, lancing devices, lancets, control solution, and replacement batteries) for patients with diabetes once you have met your deductible. Simply take your Medicare card and a prescription from your physician to HomeTown Pharmacy and our pharmacists will process the necessary paperwork.

Continue to take your antibiotic until the entire prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

When a new product is introduced to the market, the manufacturer assigns it a brand or trade name, different from its “chemical” name. Once the patent rights to the product expire (patent life varies depending on the time interval from initial discovery to approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)), other companies are free to manufacture generic versions of the product provided they meet all the requirements the FDA requires of the brand name drug. Generic drugs are regulated by the FDA just like the brand name drug and must meet the same stringent standards to ensure safety and efficacy for their intended uses. Most states require generic substitution by law, unless otherwise specified by the patient or physician. Please consult with your HomeTown Pharmacist concerning the substitution laws.

Unfortunately, we do not have access to insurance plan information. Please contact your insurance company directly for assistance or check with your local HomeTown Pharmacy. The insurance company should be able to provide you with a list of participating pharmacies in your area or your local HomeTown pharmacist will likely be familiar with the plan. (The phone number for the insurance company should be listed on the back of your insurance card.)

Alzheimer’s disease has climbed the ranks to become the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Patients are often concerned with the diagnosis, not just for themselves but for the potential burden on their loved ones as caregivers. So, what can you do to try and prevent it? The most convincing evidence we have to date provides insight into several key prevention factors. Moderate aerobic exercise for 30 minutes, 3–4 days a week, can help prevent the development of the disease or slow its progression. Sleeping 7–8 hours a night has been linked to greater amyloid clearance from the brain. Eating a Mediterranean diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and olive oil, moderate amounts of poultry and little to no red meat can be beneficial. Even partially sticking to this diet has shown to be of benefit for those who cannot quite adjust to a whole lifestyle change. Other connections are being researched as risk factors for development, with some positive results to note. Although more data is needed to draw conclusions for dementia, the definitive benefit in the prevention of other disease states makes their possible overlap an additional benefit to your overall health outlook. These things include not smoking, having a reduced waist line (not just a lower body mass index), maintaining good oral hygiene, keeping blood pressure under control and staying mentally and socially active. The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.

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