Gibson Pharmacy
2505 S. Carrier Pkwy.
(S.E. Corner of Carrier & Pioneer Pkwy.)
(972) 264-0268

July 2009

Generics:
What You Need To Know

So your insurance has made you switch to generics to get the lower copay - or you need to buy generics due to today's drug prices and today's economy. Whatever your reason for buying generics, you need to understand not all generics are created equally. They are not all the same.

All drugs have a rating. For example: Drugs with an AB rating are supposed to treat patients the same as the BRAND NAME drug does. However, the binder - that holds the drug together as a tablet, etc - does not have to be, and usually isn't the same as the BRAND NAME drug.

Let me explain it as a cookie. The BRAND NAME cookie is made with flour as its binder. The generic forms may also use flour but some might use wheat flour, corn meal, rye flour, or buck wheat flour. You would still get the chocolate chips and pecans in your cookie, but it definitely wouldn't be the same.

That is why some generics work as well as BRAND NAME, and some just don't. So if your generic isn't doing as well for you, maybe you need to try another brand of generic. You do not have to settle for not feeling as well as BRAND NAME worked and made you feel. Ask your pharmacist (who is hopefully our Gary) what brand of generics they used last time, tell him if you had problems with it, they can even put a note in your file so you won't get that brand again. Your health is what it's about.


FYI

Why do we ask you to come in instead of talking over the phone to you?

#1 - Our doctors, hospitals, and shut-ins can't call in if the lines are tied up.

#2 - When we see you, we may pick up on something that you may not have thought of. Example: I am so tired and feel yucky all the time. You have dark circles under your eyes - We could then ask about sinus/allergy problems or if you are sleeping properly.

#3 - If we have talked to 30 people in the last 24 hours, we are not going to immediately know which one you are. Also there are 6 of us here most days - who did you talk to?

Therefore, it works better for you and us when you just come in and talk.

"Witticisms"

The early bird gets the worm - the second mouse gets the cheese.

A half-truth is a whole lie.

If at first you do succeed, try not to look surprised.

I wish the buck stopped here - I could use some.

It's not hard to meet expenses, they are everywhere.

The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
 
Is Compassion Out Of Style

Without going into too much detail, I would like to explain how I think most people would like and should be treated. While unfortunately I do not think today's society always stops, gets out of their shoes and acts accordingly to treat them as they themselves wish to be treated. Example: Most people today at some point experience road rage. Unfortunately, most people who are actually doing the road raging would be very offended if they were treated by someone as they have just treated "their victim".

By the time I was 2 years old, I had been taught to say please, thank you, and you're welcome on a regular basis. I think a lot of how my father would use several passages of the Bible to explain why sometimes good manners would overlap with good Christianity. He felt if someone's actions or lack of actions was annoying you, you should be concerned enough to check out what it was happening in their life before "cleaning their plow" (his saying). He explained once - that you just don't kick someone when you don't even know if they are down or not. He owned his own business for a long time - I remember once he said one of his customers hadn't paid on his bill for a long time. He called him, asked if everything was okay, noted that he hadn't paid in a while and found out that the man's parents had passed away a few weeks apart. The man had to be out of town for several months to handle his parents' business and coming home was worn out and understandably depressed. Dad offered his sympathy, Mom took over some supper that night, and when the man was able, he handled paying Dad.

Some of you are saying, yeah but that was small town attitude - No, that is good manners and good Christianity. Our actions are supposed to build one another up, not cause them to stumble or make them fall.

If your neighbors lawn doesn't get mowed every week, maybe it's because he's ill, he has sick parents he is tending to, or he has to work more than 40 hours to take care of his family in this economy. Patience and understanding are still a virtue. Let us all practice a little more of both to make for a better community to live in. Helping out are the actions that will get us to heaven, but it will also make us happier and right while still on this Earth. Lets try to practice it. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

Scriptures my daddy said backed up his feelings: Romans 14:13 and I Cor 8:9.

He also noted a humble attitude and trying to do right is a plus in God's eyes while pride and being proud lead to some not attractive company. Mark 7:21-23 and II Timothy 3:2-3

Let us grow closer and have a better neighborhood and community by being better neighbors and better people instead of being stumbling blocks to others. With the economy the way it is, everyone needs to give and receive a lot of understanding, patience, and yes, even help to get us all through this.

Let's just try to be nice one day at a time, until we make it a habit. That was my mom's saying. I can still hear her say it. Gotta love you Mom - ever the optimist!

Have a Great Day!
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WE WANT TO BE YOUR PHARMACY!
HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR RX

1.) Get your prescription bottle from your old pharmacy
2.) Give us a call at (972) 264-0268
3.) Tell either Gary or one of our technicians:
          Your name
          Your phone number
          Your old pharmacy name and their phone number
          The prescription number or numbers
          Your doctor's name (and their phone number is great, too)
4.) Any insurance information
5.) We'll handle the rest

You can also just bring in your prescription bottle in to us.
 

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KATHY'S KORNER

Cornbread Salad
 
1 recipe of prepared and cooked corn bread
1 small onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 c. bacon bits
1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 T. mustard - I use Dijon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. sugar

Mix all ingredients together except corn bread. Crumble corn bread and place in large bowl. Pour all mixed ingredients over corn bread. Mix well together. Refrigerate, keeps well for several days. May add a little more mayonnaise and mix well again before serving if stored in refrigerator several hours. Corn bread absorbs the moisture. Enjoy!

I like to serve this with cooked ham as my meat portion and black-eyed peas as other side dish. Brownies make a nice dessert.
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Disclaimer: This newsletter is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. Anyone who has a serious disease or ailment should consult a physician before initiating any change in treatment or before beginning any new treatment. All items are my opinion.