Monthly Education Topic: Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis?

Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile, so that they break easily – even as a result of a minor fall, a bump, a sneeze, or a sudden movement. Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-threatening and a major cause of pain and long-term disability.

Prevention

Can osteoporosis and fractures be prevented? Yes, if action is taken early! Read the information provided here to learn which steps you can take to build strong bones throughout life and avoid osteoporotic fractures.

The Care Gap

Fractures due to osteoporosis have a devastating impact on millions of people worldwide and result in enormous socio-economic costs to society and healthcare systems. Yet, despite effective medical advances to reduce fractures, a minority of men and women actually receive treatment. Only 10% of older women with fractures actually receive osteoporosis therapy. In 2010, in Europe alone some 12.3 million people considered to be at a high risk for osteoporotic fractures were left untreated.

 

The 5 steps to healthy bones and a fracture-free future

1. Exercise regularly

Weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening and balance-training exercises are best.

2. Ensure a diet rich in bone-healthy nutrients

Calcium, vitamin D and protein are the most important for bone health. Safe exposure to sunshine will help you get enough vitamin D.

3. Avoid negative lifestyle habits

Maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking and excessive drinking.

4. Find out whether you have risk factors

and bring these to your doctor’s attention, especially if you’ve had a previous fracture or have specific diseases and medications that affect bone health.

5. Get tested and treated if needed

If you’re at high risk you will likely need medication to ensure optimal protection against fracture.

Have risk factors? Talk to your doctor, ask for testing.

To become aware of any potential risk factors, take the IOF One-Minute Osteoporosis Risk Test.

If you are over the age of 50 and you have one or more risk factors you should discuss these with your doctor and ask for an assessment of your bone health status. Lifestyle changes may be recommended and, for those at high risk, medication may be prescribed for optimal protection against fractures.

 

Source: http://worldosteoporosisday.org/about-osteoporosis

2017 Scholarship Winners Announced

Cumberland, MD September 18, 2017— Factor One Source FAST (FOSRX/FAST) Pharmacy announced over the weekend that it has selected three worthy recipients to award a combined worth of $8,500 of scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year: Lara Dixon of Texas, Jordan Chadwell of Ohio, and Corey Pierce of Oregon. All past and current recipients of the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship not only demonstrate extraordinary academic, extracurricular, and personal backgrounds, they also all live with chronic illnesses. The 3-tiered scholarship program is part of an FOSRX/FAST initiative to support people living with life-long disorders/diseases to achieve academic success despite their diagnoses.  

“These scholarships will help the lives of three remarkable people who have excelled despite challenging life circumstances, and who are capable of achieving great things in their future college experiences.” FOSRX/FAST CEO, Sajal Roy said. “Our communities will benefit by enabling these remarkable students to fully develop their talents and achieve great things.”  

After receiving their highest volume of applicants to date, the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Committee for identified outstanding candidates for the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program based on their personal statements, academic achievements, extracurricular involvements, financial need, and potential future impact.  Since 2014, Factor One Source Pharmacy has publicly awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to 8 students across the nation, and plans to continue awarding outstanding applicants annually.  

FOSRX/FAST is a nationwide specialty pharmacy focused on customized care, and providing medications and services to people with complex or hard-to-manage conditions. While FOSRX/FAST has brick and mortar locations in Maryland, Louisiana and Texas, it is also licensed and able to serve patients in all 50 of the United States with a variety of medical conditions. To learn more about the Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy, click here, and to learn more about the FOSRX/FAST Scholarship Program, click here.
 

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Listed below are the 2017 FOSRX/FAST Scholarship winners, their associated hometown, their diagnosis, the college or university they will be/are attending, and their plans for the future.

 

Silver Scholarship Recipient ($1,000): 

Lara Dixon is from Richmond, Texas. She is a freshman cheerleader for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor who has been battling Multiple Sclerosis since she was a sophomore in high school. She’s a high achieving student who volunteers and stays involved in clubs and church activities.  She will be studying business and economics, and plans to one day become an economics teacher.  

I have learned that eating healthy and exercising helps keep my MS under control. […] I am committed to taking advantage of my time in college to get the most out of my education, but to also experience college life.   

Gold Scholarship Recipient ($2,500):

Jordan Chadwell is from Long Bottom, Ohio, and is currently beginning his freshman year at Wright State University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  Jordan has dealt with severe hemophilia his entire life, with no prior family history of the disorder, in a single parent home. While the diagnosis was huge learning experience for his entire family, through the years he has been able to find positive ways to cope with his condition by advocating and mentoring in behalf of other youth in Ohio dealing with hemophilia. 

“My desire [to become a nurse] evolved from my life experiences. […] I plan to remain strong and am determined to take advantage of all opportunities placed in front of me. I am eager to work hard to achieve my goals and reach my potential so I can live life to the fullest.” 

Platinum Scholarship Recipient ($5,000): 

Corey Pierce, from Portland, Oregon, is a PhD candidate in the Public Health, Epidemiology program for Oregon State University. He has received his MS degree in Epidemiology and dual BS degrees in Business Administration and Public Health. He has severe hemophilia, and has not only served as a camp counselor at the annual bleeding disorder camp in Oregon for eleven years, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon.  

Thanks to this scholarship I am able to dedicate all of my attention in a direction that will move me forward academically and professionally. Many thanks to a great organization that strongly supports students with bleeding disorders! 

Donation Drive for Harvey Victims

With locations in Texas, Louisiana, and Maryland, the devastation from Hurricane Harvey has been on our minds and close to our hearts. The stress of the storm will be felt for months as people try to regain their lives.

In response, we will be starting a drive at our each of our locations that will go until the end of the month to collect new socks/underwear/clothing/and other essential supplies that will be donated directly to victims of the storm. 

If you’d like to contribute, please drop off any of the listed items at one of our pharmacies by September 30. 

 

  • FOSRX 308 Virginia Ave,
    Cumberland, Maryland 21502
  • FAST 3131 N I-10 Service Rd E, #202
    Metairie, LA 70002
  • FAST 2600 W Pleasant Run RD STE 1-173
    Lancaster, TX 75146

“We know exactly what those affected by Harvey are going through since we experienced it with Katrina. Our hearts go out to those people and we are just happy and blessed to be able to help others the way we were helped!”

-Bianca Pleasant, CPhT, Louisiana Office

Patient Recipient of a 2017 Teen Impact Award

A big congratulations to one of our hemophilia patients, Chance Abrams, who just received a 2017 Teen Impact Award (sponsored by Shire) at NHF’s 69th Annual Meeting. These awards are given to teens who are making a positive impact in their Hemophilia Community through volunteering and mentoring. 

Chance is 18 years old dreams of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He would also like to return to Camp Clot Not one day to volunteer as the infusion nurse.

He recently graduated from Wetumpka High School, and is attending UAB to pursue a degree in nursing. He currently volunteers at camp in the medical hut and helps with mixing and administering factor during Camp Clot Not, as well as encouraging the younger kids to go for a “big stick award” by sticking themselves for the first time.  This is something that he accomplished at the age of 12, the first year that he attended as a camper.

Way to go Chance! We’re proud to know you!

Texas Bleeding Disorders Conference

This year’s Texas Bleeding Disorder Conference was a huge success with over 600 consumers in attendance. The meeting kicked off on Friday Aug 4th, and continued through Sunday Aug 6th in Woodlands, TX.

The conference consisted of many breakout session focused on Family and patient issues. During the Conference there were exhibit times open to families to visit with Manufacturers and Specialty Pharmacies.

Factor One Source/FAST had a prime location and we were able to introduce our new display and new swag items and printed marketing materials (in both Spanish and English). We experienced large volume of traffic in the booth and were able to meet many wonderful families.

It was so exciting meeting all of the Texas folks. The Chapters, HTC nurses and attendees were extremely friendly and we received a big Texas welcome! We are truly looking forward to sponsoring future events and building relationships in the wonderful state of Texas.  

FOSRX/FAST at Thunder Road Event

We recently had a great time at the the Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota/Dakotas event held in Sioux Falls at Thunder Road. Held on July 29, the event began with an exhibitor meet and greet, followed by some educational talks by Sanford Children’s physical therapist, social worker, and the director of HFMD.

After a lunch with the families in attendance, we were given wrist bands and everyone was able to enjoy the rides there. It was a fun time. Our rep, Candice Leclerc, was able to reconnect with familiar faces in addition to meeting several new families. There were 90 people in attendance! Thanks to everyone who came out.

Extreme Heat

It’s HOT out there! 

It is very important that we take the proper precautions to protect ourselves from the effects of the sun and extreme heat!

Here are some easy guides from the CDC to reference for your Summer Safety:

Extreme Heat .PDF

Sun Safety – Skin Cancer Info

If you have any questions or need more information on Sun Safety and Extreme Heat Awareness you can reach us by calling 877-327-8881.

Cover Up and Stay Cool!

National Safety Month

June, 2017

 

Do you have questions or concerns about safe disposal of your specialty medication?

We’ve compiled some easy resources to help you find the best practices.

To find a quick recommendation on medication disposal, use the information in the following links:

FDA Guidelines: “Do’s and Don’ts: Safe Disposal of Needles and Other Sharps Used At Home, At Work, or While Traveling”

Safe Needle Disposal: Be smart with sharps

For state specific guidelines and to find local collection sites in your area, use the following link:

Safe Needle Disposal Near You

The DEA offers medication take back days two times a year. To find the next available date and location visit the DEA website here.

If you have any questions or need more information on safe disposal of medications you can reach us at 877-327-8881.

Be safe out there!

FOSRx/FAST Specialty Pharmacy to Expand in TX While Closing Location in TN

Cumberland, MD — May 26, 2017

Factor One Source Pharmacy (FOSRx/FAST) announced today the acquisition of a Dallas, TX specialty pharmacy. In parallel, an existing FOSRx/FAST pharmacy location in Dickson, TN will be acquired by the same pharmacy. The official date of the acquisitions and divestitures is expected to be May 26, 2017.

The deal was initiated by FOSRx/FAST to strengthen market presence in the Louisiana-Texas area, and to leverage existing relationships with providers, payors, and their patient base.

“FOSRx/FAST has a strong market presence in the south-central US, and the acquisition of a Dallas, TX pharmacy provides the structure to continue expansion in the region,” said Dr. Sajal Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer to FOSRx/FAST.

“While we are disappointed to leave the Nashville, TN market, we had to do so because of payor reimbursement changes centered around the State Medicaid TennCare. The pharmacy acquiring our Dickson location follows a model that will allow for them to be successful in this type of market while we focus on regions conducive to our business model. This mutual agreement will make both of our companies stronger and more competitive in the specialty pharmacy landscape,” said Roy.

The acquisition of the Dallas-based specialty pharmacy follows Factor One Source Pharmacy’s acquisition of Fast Access Specialty Therapeutics (FAST) earlier this year in Metairie, LA.

About FOSRx/FAST

FOSRx/FAST, is a dual-entity specialty pharmacy headquartered in Cumberland, Maryland with the ability to serve patients with a variety of medical conditions nationwide. The combined specialty pharmacies are each dual accredited, and offer convenient medicine delivery for specialty conditions to the location of patients’ choice: home, hospital, physician’s office, or infusion center. The company focuses on clinical experience, patient support, and has excelled in servicing people with complex or hard-to-manage medications for Ig therapy, neurology, rheumatology, dermatology, hematology, oncology, addiction recovery, and osteoporosis.

Contact 

Contact us with questions at contact@fosrxfast.com, or for more information about FOSRx/FAST, please visit us at www.fosrxfast.com. To follow us on social media, find us on Twitter at @FOSRxFAST, on Instagram @fosrxfast, and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FOSRxFAST.

Written by: J. Kelly

 

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