Top 5 Myths of Buying Generic Drugs

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger No Comments

Did you know that 80 percent of all prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs? In fact, Americans save approximately $158 billion each year by not purchasing name-brand medications.

However, some people are still wary of buying generic drugs instead of relying on the name brand. This is because there are a lot of myths flying around about the nature of generic medication. Today, Williams Bros. would like to dispel some of them:

  • MYTH: Brand name drugs work better than generics

FACT: A 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the effectiveness of generic cardiovascular drugs compared to their brand name counterparts. The researchers found that there was no evidence of the superiority of brand-name drugs.

  • MYTH: The FDA allows a 45 percent different in the effectiveness of the generic drug.

FACT: Generic drug makers are required to follow the same rigorous standards when it comes to effectiveness as any other drug maker. This is done by measuring how much of the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream. It must be the same for both generic and brand-name companies.

  • MYTH: It’s cheaper, so it must not work as well.

FACT: The reason why generic drugs are so cheap is because they don’t have to invest in the initial research. After the brand-name’s patent has expired, other drug makers are able to use their research and recreate it for a much lower cost.

  • MYTH: Generic drugs are made under unsafe or unsanitary conditions.

FACT: Most generic drugs are made in the same facilities that brand-name drugs are made.

  • MYTH: The government isn’t able to investigate claims of bad things happening when someone takes a generic drug.

FACT: The FDA monitors and investigates any and all claims of adverse incidents taking place after someone has ingested a drug—generic or name-brand.

At Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy, we believe that an educated consumer is a healthier one. Our expert staff can help you make the right decisions for you when it comes to your medication and home medical equipment needs. Stop by one of our many locations today, or check out the resource center on our website.

5 Funding Sources for Your Home Accessibility Modification

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

At Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy, we believe in the benefits of aging in-home. Over the long haul, it’s much more cost-effective than moving into a facility, and you’re able to stay in the beloved residence where you made so many memories.

However, we know that the upfront cost can sometimes be prohibitive. That’s why we’re offering these funding sources for your home accessibility makeover:

  1. Tax deductions.

 

While most of us think of the IRS as only there to take money from us every April, there are actually great tax deductions homeowners can take for certain home modifications. These include “special equipment installed in a home, or for improvements, if their main purpose is medical care for you, your spouse, or your dependent.” Scroll to page 6 of this link to see all the tax-deductible accessible home modifications available.

 

  1. Private Insurance.

 

While Medicare won’t cover something such as mobility ramps, some private insurers will. Check with your hospital’s social service department. Sometimes, you can even use your HSA or cafeteria plan to cover a portion of the costs.

 

  1. Area Agency on Aging.

 

Your local Area Agency on Aging should be able to direct you to community resources to help you with certain housing projects. Some community or church organizations offer special programs or volunteer projects for low-income elderly residents to modify bathrooms or install ramps.

 

  1. National organizations.

 

Some national organizations will offer housing assistance, especially if you fall under certain circumstances. Some of these include the American Cancer Society, National Muscular Dystrophy Association, National United Cerebral Palsy Association or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. If you served in the military, you might qualify for an SAH grant.

 

  1. Bank Loan.

Some banks offer special loans for home modification, such as a second mortgage, a home equity loan or a reverse mortgage. Consult a financial professional before you go forward with any of these options.

There are many other resources out there to help you age safely in-home—these are just a few. If you’ve had success with a program not listed here, write it in the comment section below this blog or on our Facebook page!

4 Benefits of Going to Your Local Pharmacy

Posted on: June 9th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy has been your local pharmacy since 1899. During that time, we’ve seen the rise of chain and big-box store pharmacies across the country. While it can be tempting to turn to a pharmacy located inside a grocery or department store so that you can complete all your errands in one place, today we’re going to list 4 reasons why you should shop at an independent pharmacy!

  • It supports the local pharmacy.

 

Some studies estimate that for every dollar spent locally, 52 percent is returned to the local economy. By contrast, big retailers only return 14 percent, while the rest returns to their headquarters elsewhere.

 

  • The owners live here.

 

Big box pharmacies are owned by either people living in large cities outside the state or else by faceless boards of directors. They will never get to know you personally, come to a community event, serve on municipal boards or be involved in local civic organizations. With a local pharmacy, you know the family that owns it is your fellow community member. They’re invested in making it a better place. The money you spend there will ultimately go back to these sorts of efforts.

 

  • More choice.

 

Often, the big box stores have a very limited choice when it comes to over-the-counter products. They also don’t tend to have specialty services, such as custom compliance packaging or compounding.

 

  • Better service.

 

Just like the owners, those who work in a local pharmacy are also going to be more invested members of the community. Because of that, they will get to know you better, giving it that small-town touch. Williams Bros. goes a step beyond and offers specialized customer service options that you don’t see at large stores. Have trouble paying? We offer patient assistance. Can’t make it out of your house or are too busy? We offer delivery. And if you’re loyal to us, we pay it back with our Reward Program.

 

At Williams Bros., we see you as more than just “business.” We’re in this community for the long-haul, just like you. The next time you need your prescription filled, visit one of our many locations in Indiana or Illinois!

How Smart Technology Can Help Mom and Dad Age In Place

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Most of us want to stay at home while we age, but that can get more difficult and unsafe as time goes on.  However, thanks to technology, aging adults will be able to stay in their homes much longer.  Williams Bros. lists these new technologies that will help your parents stay independent and safe within their own home.

Alexa: She allows your loved ones to not have to move around as much.  This technology relies on auditory interaction instead of visual input.  For example, instead of trying to find keys on a keyboard, just ask Alexa to compile a grocery list for you and she’ll input all the items you tell her.  She’ll send text messages from your phone, too!

PERS: Personal Emergency Response Systems are the necklaces such as Life Alert and other devices that you have on you in case of a fall or emergency where you can’t call someone for help or move.  They have become extremely popular and have saved many lives.

MyMeds: This app helps you keep track of your medication by sending you reminders of when it’s time to take them.  New prescriptions will also transfer to your MyMeds profile.

Care4today: This talks you through the journey you will face after surgery.  It will show a patient what they need to know about rehabilitation, upcoming sessions, goals, and progress.  There are tips from self-service patient resources along with healthy meals you can try out.

Instant Heart Rate: This app uses your iPhone’s camera to detect your pulse from your fingertip, which is similar to what pulse oximeters already use.  The detailed analytics help you get in tune with each heartbeat.  This app is great because it gives you deep insight into your fitness and how hard your heart works.

PT Pal Pro: This app offers an easy yet practical way for physical therapists to ensure their patients do their exercises and do them well.  Therapists can send the exercise list directly to their patient’s phone, and they can then see detailed instructions and videos on how to do the exercises.

Reminder Rosie: Not only is this a good reminder for medications, but it also tells older adults when their appointments or day-to-day tasks are.  This helps seniors maintain healthy routines.

Evermind:  This app is helpful not only to seniors, but to their caregivers and family too.  It looks for signals of activity and well-being by monitoring when common household appliances, such as coffee makers, televisions, and bedside lamps are switched on and off to signal that your loved one is still okay without having to check in constantly.

As technology continues to evolve and grow, we will be able to be independent longer within our own homes.  Having apps and devices that make home safer will give you some peace of mind about your aging loved ones.  If you have any questions about medical equipment or medications for your loved one, contact us today!

Keeping Loneliness at Bay for the Senior Aging in Place

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

One of the biggest problems for older Americans is a growing sense of loneliness or isolation.  They face their children moving away or long-term friends relocating to warmer climates or dying.  The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that approximately 28% of senior citizens live alone.  Williams Bros. offers these strategies to help keep loneliness at bay for seniors aging in place.

Visit Senior Centers

Senior centers often provide classes, outings, and social functions for everyone to go to.  It also allows you to talk to and connect with other senior citizens.

Volunteer

This is a great way to get out into the community and meet other people while also giving back.  Not only will you be able to socialize, but you will be feeling incredibly thankful for all that you have after helping others in need.

Start a New Hobby

Hobbies can make you feel motivated and happy.  You can set goals, look forward to the next step, and learn new things!  Things such as puzzles or adult coloring books are great for your brain function.  You could also learn to play an instrument or get a pen pal.

Adopt a Pet

If you are able to care for a pet, then this is a great way to combat loneliness.  Pets love you unconditionally and bring joy into your life.  Caring for a pet can give you a new meaning and purpose in life.

Write a Memoir

Writing about the past helps improve brain function and enhance emotional health.  Thinking back to the good old days will bring back happy memories to make you feel less withdrawn.  If you can’t write them down, speak to others.  Simply talking to yourself or others about all of your accomplishments will make you feel proud of all aspects of your life.

Home-Visitation Services

Be sure to ask about community transportation or home visiting services for the elderly if your mobility isn’t well.  This will be a good way to be brought out of your home to meet others and do different activities.  Being homebound is hard, so any type of service offered to take you out and about is definitely worth it!

We hope that these tips help you or your loved one feel happier and healthier.  Contact us today with any questions you have.  If they have trouble getting around, Williams Bros. has resources such as mobility aids to help them get out, so they can continue to enjoy life!

Fall Prevention Measures for Senior Citizens

Posted on: April 28th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

Falls among senior citizens are so high that research indicated that every 11 seconds, a senior citizen is sent to the hospital due to injuries caused by a fall. Falls in senior citizens over the age of 65 are the number one cause of hip fractures, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injuries.

With the proper preventative measures, your risk of suffering an injury caused by a fall is dramatically reduced. Williams Brothers Pharmacy has come up with the following tips to dramatically reduce your risk of injury caused by falls at home.

1)            Modify your home, room by room – Williams Brothers Pharmacy offers a variety of home solutions and daily living aids to prevent senior citizen falls while gaining independence in the home.

  • Add grab bars in every room of your home for assistance when shifting between the sitting and standing position
  • If you have steps in your home, invest in a high-quality stair lift to avoid falls on steps
  • Invest in walk-in tubs or showers along with hand-held shower heads and benches
  • Install ramps both inside and outside for easy access

2)            Invest in daily living aids – Maintain your independence while making life easier with the wide selection of daily living aids available at Williams Brothers Pharmacy.

  • Adjustable bed canes and bed rails
  • Lift chairs to help you stand up and sit down with ease
  • Grip tools for hard-to-reach items
  • Sock and clothing aids for daily dressing
  • Security poles with curved bars that reach from floor to ceiling

3)            Eliminate potential fall factors in the bathroom – It has been estimated that one in three adults over the age of 65 will suffer from injuries caused by fall factors in the bathroom this year. Williams Brothers Pharmacy offers incredible products along with expert advice in the prevention of falls in the bathroom.

  • Non-slip bath mats
  • Transfer benches
  • Dual tub grips
  • Toilet safety frames and raised toilet seats
  • Safeway Step bathroom conversions

4)            Take the guesswork out of taking your medications – The custom compliance packaging service offered at Williams Brothers Pharmacy makes it easy to remember which medications you need to take and at what time. Combining the wrong prescriptions can increase your risk of dizziness and falls, resulting in a potential trip to the hospital.

Williams Brothers Pharmacy is committed to your safety and your health. To learn more about all of the fall prevention and prescription services that Williams Brothers Pharmacy has to offer, call to speak to one of our experts or stop in and visit us today.

 

Big City Service, Local Touch – What Our Retail Pharmacy Means For You

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

With so many different pharmacies to choose from these days, it can be hard to decide which one you can trust to handle your prescription medications. At Williams Brothers Pharmacy, you get all the retail pharmacy services that the major pharmacy chains offer with the familiar local touch you can trust.

To better serve you, Williams Brothers Pharmacy offers a variety of personalized retail pharmacy services, including:

 

  1. Custom Compliance Packaging – Do you struggle with remembering to take your medications? Williams Brothers Pharmacy has a solution for you with Custom Compliance Packaging. Williams Brothers will sort out your medications by date, time and dosage, fills your custom prescription order once per month, then delivers your Custom Compliance Packaging order right to your front door.

 

  1. Several Pharmacy Locations – You don’t have to travel far to get your prescription when you choose Williams Brothers Pharmacy as your preferred retail pharmacy. With 10 locations in Indiana and one retail pharmacy located in Illinois, you can expect exceptional small town service just minutes from your home.

 

  1. On-The-Go Prescription Refills – With the easy-to-use mobile prescription app offered by Williams Brothers Pharmacy, you can refill your prescription on your Android or Apple device in just 4 easy steps.
  • Download the Mobile Rx App in your Google Play store for Android or App Store for iPhone
  • Choose the Express Refills option or Scan a Prescription within the app
  • Sign up with a username and password to create a patient profile for continued easy access
  • Once your patient profile is set up, your preferred Williams Brothers Pharmacy will appear, showing you the address, phone number, and business hours of the Williams Brothers retail pharmacy where your prescriptions will be filled

 

  1. Online Prescription Refill Requests – From your desktop, input your name and prescription information to request an online refill request for your medications. You also have the option of picking up your prescriptions in-store, having your prescriptions mailed to your home, or you can choose to have your prescriptions delivered right to your front door.

Now is the time to switch to the easy and convenient retail pharmacy services that your local Williams Brothers Pharmacy has to offer. Get in touch with one of our friendly staff members to get started on your new prescription request or visit a Williams Brothers Pharmacy near you to speak to a knowledgeable team member today.

Picking out the Right Stair Lift

Posted on: March 24th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

There are many factors to take into consideration when it comes to choosing a stair lift, all of which can quickly become overwhelming. Williams Bros. offers some suggestions to help you pick out the right one.

Dimensions

There are many measurements that need to be taken in order to determine the right fit for you.  The first measurement should be the length of the track from the bottom to the top of the stairs.  The second thing to measure is the height, width, and tread of the steps.  Make sure to have two people take dimensions and double check their work.

Stair Lift Size

The size of the stair lift needs to be taken into consideration, especially if there are other individuals accessing the stairs by foot.  They will need the room to be able to get up and down the stairs with plenty of space.  The folding Harmar SL600 Pinnacle Premium Stair Lift takes up just 11” of staircase room from the wall when installed, and is perfect for making the stairwell less compact.  It is the slimmest and most light-weight stair lift on the market.

 Battery or Electric-Powered

Both have pros and cons.  Battery-powered stair lifts allow users to continue to use the unit even during power outages, but the batteries do need to be replaced on a regular basis.  Electric stair lifts have a fairly constant power source except in the instance of an electrical outage.  Luckily, Williams Bros. offers two stair lifts that, even after a power outage, can be used multiple times.  The Harmar (mentioned above) can go up to 40 trips if the power goes out.  The SL350 Stair Lift has a battery back-up system that provides 15-20 trips if there is no power.

 

With these tips, you will feel comfortable picking out the right stair lift for yourself.  At Williams Bros., we want to make aging easy and help you with any questions or concerns.  Stop in your local Williams Bros. today. We’d like to get to know you better.

Bathtub Safety Basics

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

As we age, we need to become more cautious with our everyday activities to prevent accidents.  When it comes to the tub, your sense of balance, arthritis, and other aches and pains can be the perfect recipe for falling down.  Here at the Williams Bros., we offer some simple bath safety basics for those of us who aren’t so steady on our feet.

  1. Non-slip suction mats in the tub will help prevent stumbles. By having an entire mat put down, you will avoid slick spots caused when using non-stick adhesives because those don’t cover the entire floor.  You can also try using a simple spray on product in the tub that makes its surface more reliable.
  2. A non-skid bath mat on the floor beside the tub provides firm footing to avoid slipping and tripping. When getting out of the tub, you are more susceptible to losing your footing because you are wet.  With a non-skid bath mat, you won’t slip on the tile floor.
  3. Grab bars around the bathtub are a necessity for safety.Two types of grab bars usually are needed in the tub for someone who is aging.  For getting in and out of the tub from a standing position you will need a vertically placed U-bar attached to the side wall at the foot of the tub to allow safe entry and exit.  When you need to lower or raise your body to or from a seated position, a 12- to 15-inch bar can be placed at the foot end of the tub and a longer one along the back wall.

Diagonally placed grab bars shouldn’t be used because your hand could slide and make a fall more likely. Also, always remember that towel racks and soap holders do not work as grab bars because they are not designed to hold your weight.  If you grab onto one of those, you will be in more danger of injuring yourself.

  1. A variety of portable seats and chairs are an option if sitting on the bathtub floor is difficult. It allows for a safer, less tiring bathing experience and requires no installation!  These seats have rubber tips to prevent them from sliding, so you can feel sturdy.
  2. Replacing a shower head with a hand held one allows you to move the head to clean yourself rather than having to move yourself around, thus lowering your risk of a fall and putting less pressure on your aching hips. Instead of standing for the duration of your shower, you can sit on your shower chair and bathe comfortably without the worry of slips.

With these suggestions, you can make bathing a worry-free, safe environment.  By being more cautious as time goes on, you can continue to age in-home happily.  Contact us with any questions so that you can feel confident when living at home.

Stay Mobile in Your Home by Answering These 3 Questions

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 by WilliamBros Blogger

One of the major concerns of older Americans is staying mobile as they age. Falls and loss of balance can all play into a decreased sense of independence. That’s why Williams Brothers is offering you these 3 tips to stay mobile in your own home:

  1. How safely can I manage the stairs? The safest home for those needing mobility assistance features restrooms, bathrooms, and laundry facilities on one level. When these essentials are split between floors, a stair lift is crucial. At Williams Brothers Healthcare Pharmacy, we offer custom installation on any stair lift you buy from us.
  2. Do I have a caregiver? How much can they assist? Personal care from a loved one is invaluable for maintaining freedom and safety in, out, and around your home. If your caregiver is willing and able to maneuver your mobility device, installing an incline ramp to your home’s main entrance is the perfect solution. However, if you live independently or your caregiver can’t safely navigate your mobility device, a platform lift eliminates hassle and provides maximum assistance.
  3. How difficult is it navigating around the home? Sometimes, even homes with the smoothest flooring, widest hallways, and most navigable layouts can’t provide the mobility assistance you and your loved one need. Ceiling lifts provide the most comprehensive, manageable mobility if illness or age limits your freedom in the home. Transferring from room to room, in and out of the bathroom, and to and from bed has never been easier with a system designed for exceptional assistance.

The team at Williams Brothers wants to help you maintain your freedom, which is why we offer safe home solutions for aging in-place. Contact us today for more tips on how you can stay independent.

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