Community Cares Rx Saved Customers more than $400 Million on Prescription Medications in 2018

If you’ve ever wondered if prescription discount cards really do offer the savings they claim, take this in to account. 

In December, Community Cares Rx was proud to announce they saved customers more than $400 million with their prescription discount card program in 2018. Now, with spending on pharmaceutical drugs expected to keep rising, people are paying attention to their health care coverage and are looking for a plan that provides the coverage they need without costing a fortune. More...

How to Transfer a Prescription to a New Pharmacy

Great news! Finding a new pharmacy and transferring prescriptions doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The Community Cares RX Pharmacy Locator tool helps you find your new pharmacy quickly and most pharmacies make it incredibly easy to transfer your prescriptions because they do all the work for you.

Once Community Cares Rx has helped you find a pharmacy that offers your prescription at the best price using your CCRX discount card, it’s a matter of letting your new pharmacist know that you are transferring your information.

In order to make the transfer as simple as possible, we have a summary and tips on the whole process.More...

The Most Common Medications That Can Harm Your Kidneys

Kidneys – those fist-sized, bean-shaped organs tucked away in your abdomen are highly impressive organs. When healthy, your kidneys filter roughly a half cup of blood per minute and remove waste and extra water to make urine. They also remove acid and create a perfect balance of water, salts, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium in your blood.

These “beans” also play a big role in making red blood cells, keeping bones strong, and controlling blood pressure. But, like other organs in the body, they can suffer damage or get “sick.” Lifestyle habits, genetics, and even prescribed or over-the-counter medications can all contribute to kidney damage or failure. For instance, if you have diabetes or high blood pressure, your kidneys could be at risk. Other kidney problems include acute kidney injury, kidney cysts, kidney stones, and kidney infections.

So, how can you keep those hard-working organs healthy? We’ve compiled tips for maintaining kidney health and highlighted which medications could possibly harm your filtering organs.More...

How to Quit Smoking the Scientific Way

You already know that smoking is bad for you, and you may have tried quitting in the past. You also know that a smoking habit is becoming more and more costly.

More than 50 years ago, the Surgeon General reported the health risks associated with cigarette smoke. Since 1964, the number of Americans who smoke has dropped by half, but an estimated 20 million people still lost their lives since then due to health problems from cigarette smoke.

Nearly seven out of every 10 smokers wants to quit, and half of all U.S. smokers tried to quit smoking in the preceding year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On November 16, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout kicks off. This annual event encourages smokers to make a plan to quit smoking, but what are the most successful and scientific ways to finally kick that habit? We took a look at the most scientifically successful ways to snuff the butt once and for all.More...

The Importance of Sticking to Immunization Schedules

Starting at birth, children are at risk of many diseases that can be prevented with vaccinations. Vaccines can be given to babies when they are at their most vulnerable, and their protection can carry throughout childhood and adulthood. Protecting children against up to 14 diseases, immunizations are more beneficial than ever, but sticking to a strict schedule is key in order to get the max protection for your child.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has designed immunization schedules that must be followed for children ages newborn to six years old and seven to eighteen years old.

While those schedules can seem strict, they are important. At Community Cares Rx, we believe that the health of you and your children should be a high priority. We have created a list of reasons why following these immunization schedules are important.More...

Health as We Age: Seniors

The Golden years can be as fulfilling and exciting as any stage of life. Just because you don’t look or feel the same as you did in your twenties, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life as much as you did when you were younger.

With age comes wisdom, but also health concerns unique to this age group. From increased mobility issues to changing nutritional needs, seniors have to be more educated and proactive about their health. During this stage of life, changes may come on drastically or slowly as the body responds both physically and mentally but being prepared makes the transition easier.

In the next segment of our “Health as We Age” series, we’ll look at 10 common health concerns and medication needs for seniors age 65 and older.More...

Medications That Can Cause Depression

Depression is a serious illness that affects an estimated one in 15 adults each year. One in six people will experience depression during their life, and several factors can play a role in depression.

Common causes of depression, which is different from grief or sadness, include biochemistry of the brain, genetics, pessimistic or stress personality, and environmental factors such as exposure to abuse or poverty.

Sometimes, however, the very medications prescribed to combat one problem can lead to another problem. Many medications list depression as a side effect but being aware of this potential downside may help combat it.More...

Ask A Pharmacist: Evaluating the Most Commonly Prescribed Cholesterol Medications

Do you know your cholesterol numbers? While living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to combat high cholesterol, sometimes eating right and exercising just isn’t enough. That’s where cholesterol medications can help.

One in six Americans has high cholesterol, which can create a serious health risk. The higher your cholesterol, the higher the risk of heart and blood vessel disease.

When the body has more cholesterol than it needs, that cholesterol creates plaque buildup in the blood, which can lead to stroke and heart attacks. Cholesterol medications work to decrease the low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is sometimes called the “bad cholesterol” that leads to a higher risk of heart disease. In addition, medications can help decrease the triglyceride fat in the blood and increase the “good cholesterol” high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

Community Cares Rx CEO and lead pharmacist Ken Hammond has broken down the benefits and possible side effects for common classes of cholesterol medications.More...

Health As We Age: Middle-Aged Adults

For adults ages 40 to 59, it is common for health conditions to arise as the body ages. You can’t escape the fact that your body is aging, but with good health practices, you can better navigate the many changes your body will face during this time.

The risk for many chronic health problems increases for middle-aged adults, so the need to take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health should be a top priority. We have listed common health problems and health care recommendations for middle-aged adults.

If you feel as though you may be facing a health care problem, contact your health care service provider. Remember — you can receive discounts on your prescriptions by using the Community Cares Rx pharmacy discount card.More...

Do I Need Antibiotics?

Feeling sick is never fun, but how do you know if you should head to the doctor for antibiotics or just wait out the illness?

Antibiotics are medications used to fight bacteria by either killing it or stopping its growth. Viral infections, such as the flu or ringworm, are not treated with antibiotics, but the common signs of bacterial infections can mimic viral or fungal infections.

Left untreated, bacterial disease can result in serious complications and can even be deadly. So, if you suspect an infection, visiting a doctor is usually recommended.More...