2019 Gold Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to our 2019 FOSRX/FAST Gold Scholarship Winner, Jillian Quam!

Jillian has lived with immune deficiency, arthritis, and Crohn's disease since 2014. Despite struggling to attend school and missing months of classes while receiving treatments in the hospital, Jillian managed to be an honor roll student who volunteered in her community with special needs organizations and has participated in service projects that benefitted patients in pediatric hospitals.

“My medical conditions have impacted my life positively by inspiring me to pursue a career in the healthcare field. In the future, I hope to become a pharmacist because it is my dream to be able to directly improve the lives of other patients like me. I want to work with pharmaceutical companies to create medicines for people with immune deficiencies. It is also my dream to be able to go out in public without having to worry about catching diseases due to my low immunity.”

With this scholarship Jillian will pursue an education to become a pharmacist at the University of the Pacific. It is an honor to support students like her in their educational pursuits.

We wish you the best, Jillian! Have a great school year.

2019 Silver Scholarship Recipient

Brian Duval

Congratulations to our 2019 FOSRX/FAST Silver Scholarship Winner, Brian Duval!

Brian lives with both Crohn’s Disease and Severe Hemophilia A. He is an incoming Freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Finance and Political Science.

Despite living with frequent bouts of illness and severe hemophilia, Brian is ambitious and hardworking as he strives to live a healthy and active life.

I am very proud of how I have been able to overcome my hardships. Aside from living with two major medical conditions, I suffered the loss of my father and a house fire that destroyed everything we owned.

After experiencing deep personal loss and the continued challenge of living with his diagnoses, Brian has earned a second-degree black belt in karate, learned 2 instruments, continued improving his performance in school, became an active member in the hemophilia community, and competed in the national competition for DECA, a business competition club. Brian was also involved with healthcare lobbying and hemophilia advocacy through representing Minnesota at Washington Days, a national hemophilia advocacy event. His experience of meeting with elected officials and their aides to lobby for legislation that benefits people living with bleeding disorders helped influence his goal of becoming a lobbyist for the National Hemophilia Foundation as his future career.

It is an honor to support students like Brian in their educational pursuits. We wish you the best, Brian! Have a great school year.

Medication Safety

How are you safely storing and disposing of your unused medication? Safely disposing of old, unneeded, or unused medication is something that is extremely important. Not disposing of medication in the proper manner can lead to drug abuse, addiction, poisoning, and may even be fatal. Making sure that unused medications are being monitored, are secure, and disposed of can help to stop these things from happening. Monitor: Monitoring your medication to make sure that no pills are missing and that you aren’t getting refills more frequently than normal, can help to ensure that no one is getting into your medication. If your child or someone that you’re taking care of is prescribed a medication make sure to hold onto them and give them when needed. By doing this you can help to ensure that they are not taking more than they are supposed. It is also extremely important to make sure that you keep your medication safely stored at required temperatures.
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Alcohol Awareness

April is national Alcohol awareness month. Alcohol addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. Drinking too much alcohol may lead to liver disease, some forms of cancer, risk of injury, and violence. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and at high concentrations it can induce coma, respiratory depression, and death. Alcohol comes in many forms such as ethanol, methanol, ethylene glycol, and isopropyl alcohol. The main form consumed in alcoholic beverages is Ethanol.
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Monthly Education Topic: PAIN

September is the official month of Pain Awareness. Organizations come together with a common goal to bring awareness and highlight how pain affects individuals, families, communities and the nation. For more information, please visit the American Chronic Pain Associations website to learn how different partnerships have come together to help educate and remove traditional stigma associated with chronic pain.
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2018 FOSRX/FAST Pharmacy Scholarship Winners Announced 

Factor One Source FAST Pharmacy (FOSRX/FAST) announced today that it has selected four worthy recipients to award a combined worth of $11,000 of scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year to: Isaiah Reeves of Iowa City, Josh Williams of New Albany, OH, Emily Manning of Tallahassee, FL, and Chance Abrams of Birmingham AL. 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 FOSRX/FAST 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. “Providing these scholarships will help the lives of four exceptional and deserving people who show promising futures despite challenging life circumstances,” FOSRX/FAST CEO, Sajal Roy said. “They are capable of achieving great things in their future college experiences and represent our company values well.”
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Monthly Education: Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammatory disease of the liver which can lead to scarring, cirrhosis, or cancer of the liver. Hepatitis is also caused by other toxic substances and autoimmune disease which can present similar to viral hepatitis. There are 5 main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These 5 types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. To see more information, click here.

Monthly Education: Tuberculosis

Patients who receive biologics such as Humira, Enbrel, Actemra, etc. are at an increased risk for serious infections which may result in hospitalization and/or death. Tuberculosis may lie dormant in the body for years without notice. Biologics are medications that may suppress the immune systems function. Suppression of the immune system increases the risk that the infection will become more active.

References:

https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/medication/drug-types/biologics/precautions-biologics.php https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/testing/skintesting.htm https://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general/tb.pdf

Scholarship FAQs

Have you heard about our scholarship program? Every year our company gives thousands of dollars away to people living with chronic/complex medical conditions seeking higher education. You can learn more on our Scholarship Page, here. We are currently taking applications, which means we get a lot of phone calls at this time of year to ask questions or clarify certain eligibility requirements. We'd like to tackle the most common questions in this post today.
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