Holiday Travel: Don’t Forget Your Medications

Managing your medications day-to-day requires attention to detail and a regular routine, and that can go right out the window when you travel.  Here are some suggestions to help you plan your medication needs if you find yourself on the road, in the air, or sailing away over the holidays.

Holiday Travel and Your MedicationsHere are three important things to remember:

  • Fill your prescriptions before you leave. Written prescriptions are NOT valid outside the country (and sometimes the state) in which they were issued.
  • Do NOT pack your prescription medications in your checked luggage. If you are separated from your luggage for any length of time, you could spend your vacation frantically trying to refill the prescriptions you need.
  • If you run in to trouble, we can probably help. Go to a local pharmacy where you are, and they can call us about your prescription.  Check our website for our store hours though; to transfer medications, we have to be open.

To keep your vacation worry-free, it can help to pack some “better to be safe than sorry” OTCs.Think about what you’ve experienced during past trips and pack accordingly.

This list should address many of the most common issues:

  • antacids
  • pain killers
  • bandaids
  • upset stomach and diarrhea remedies
  • cortisone creams
  • cough drops
  • antihistamines
  • antifungals and topical disinfectants

You also might want to pick up some zinc and elderberry lozenges just in case you feel a cold coming on.

As always, please let us know how we can help.

Bon voyage, Happy Holidays, and safe travel,
Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy

Have You Seen Us on TV?

medicarecommercialDuring this period of open enrollment (from now until December 7), Medicare is running television ads directing people on how to enroll. They filmed one of the ads in Del Ray. You may notice some familiar businesses in the background, such as Del Ray Pizzeria and The Neighborhood Pharmacy. We were thrilled to see our Main Street showcased on TV!

Vitamin Deficiencies: Do You Have Any? Most People Do

Nutritionists use the term subclinical deficiency to describe a nutritional deficit not yet far enough advanced to produce obvious symptoms. In lay terms, however, the phrase has become a handy explanation for common but hard-to-pin-down symptoms, such as fatigue, irritability, nervousness, emotional depression, allergies, and insomnia.

The good news is that the nutritional Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs) are broad enough to prevent most serious vitamin deficiencies for those who eat a reasonably balanced diet.

Your body sends you signals when there is a vitamin deficiency. Here are some examples:

Vitamin A: A deficiency in Vitamin A can produce poor night vision; dry, rough, or cracked skin; dry mucous membranes including the inside of the eye; slow wound healing; nerve damage; reduced ability to taste, hear, and smell; inability to perspire; and reduced resistance to respiratory infections.

Vitamin D: Lack of this vitamin in children can result in weak muscles, delayed tooth development, and soft bones; adults can suffer from soft, porous bones that fracture easily.

Vitamin E: If you do not absorb enough vitamin E, you can lose your inability to store fat.

Vitamin K: Without this critical vitamin, blood fails to clot.

Vitamin C: Insufficient levels of vitamin C can result in bleeding gums, tooth loss, nosebleeds, bruising, painful or swollen joints, shortness of breath, increased susceptibility to infection, slow wound healing, muscle pains, and skin rashes.

Vitamin B1: A shortage of vitamin B1 can lead to poor appetite, unintended weight loss, upset stomach, gastric upset (nausea, vomiting), mental depression, and an inability to concentrate.

Vitamin B2: Look for inflamed mucous membranes, including cracked lips, sore tongue and mouth, burning eyes; skin rashes; and anemia if you have a vitamin B2 deficiency.

At The Neighborhood Pharmacy, we now carry the Integrative Therapeutics line of nutritional supplements because we know that as we enter different phases of growth or life, our nutritional needs change and subtle deficiencies can start to affect your health. Drug interactions, physical exertion, and lifestyle changes can all affect how our bodies absorb or do not absorb critical vitamins.

We chose Integrative Therapeutics for several reasons:

Ingredient Sourcing:

Integrative Therapeutics only partners with suppliers who deliver raw materials that meet their qualifications, which starts by asking them to provide their detailed processes for sourcing and testing. Their partnering suppliers share this passion for quality, and are consistently impressed with their qualification process, describing it as one of the toughest, most meticulous in the industry.

Formation Development:

They take pride in their evidence-based approach and meticulous process, and they focus on investing time and resources into developing formulations that have the support of today’s scientific community—not the latest ‘nutritional craze.’ This process includes months of research, rigorous ingredient testing, and quality assurance testing before a product is ready to be released.

Good Manufacturing Practices:

They continue to set new standards of quality; they are one of only a few companies that manufacture dietary supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, dictating their status as a drug GMP (good manufacturing practices) audited facility.

Truth in Labeling:

Few topics are more controversial and confusing than product labeling. They support efforts to regulate the use of misleading terms in packaging and educational materials—such as “natural” and “non-gmo”—so that practitioners and patients can make truly informed decisions.

Here are some of the vitamin supplements that we are carrying:

  • AllQlear Fast-Acting Seasonal Support
  • AM/PM Menopause Formula
  • Calcium D-Glucarate
  • Clinical Nutrients 45-Plus Women Multivitamin
  • Clinical Nutrients 50-Plus Men Multivitamin
  • Clinical Nutrients Antioxidant
  • Clinical Nutrients Prenatal Vitamin
  • Cortisol Manager
  • Curcumax Pro
  • Ele-Max Mood Balance
  • End Fatigue Adrenal Stress-End
  • End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex
  • End Fatigue Revitalizing Sleep Formula
  • Energizing Iron
  • Glucosamine Sulfate & Chondroitin
  • ITI Woman Formula
  • Lavender WS 1265
  • L-Theanine
  • Pro-Flora Women’s Probiotic
  • Sedaplex
  • Soledum Sinus Formula
  • Whole Body Integrative Cleansing System

Come in and take a look at the line and see what it can do for you. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy





Thanks for Joining Us at Well Ray!

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Well Ray Festival this Saturday, September 12. Stop by our table between 1-5 p.m. The first annual Well Ray festival is a community wide effort to highlight resources for living healthily and happily.

Join us at the open field across from the pharmacy. We’ll be handing out information on the services we provide, the new line of vitamin supplements we carry, our new skin-care products, and much more.

Learn more about the Well Ray Festival, and we hope to see you this weekend!

Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy

Flu Clinic Hours

We have flu shots available and will be administering them during the following hours:

Mon/Wed/Fri: 2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Don’t see a time that works for you? Give us a call at 703-836-1700, and we’ll arrange a time, so you can get your flu shot.

Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy

Celebrating 6 Years in Del Ray!

This week marks the sixth year of The Neighborhood Pharmacy, and we want to take a moment to thank the Del Ray community for its support and for making us your pharmacy. As we begin our seventh year, we have many new plans in the works to serve you even better. We are excited to offer you the following:

  • If you come into the pharmacy and see some construction underway, that’s our soon-to-be-completed private consultation area. Any member of our team will be happy to talk with you whenever you come into the pharmacy, but we realize that for some matters, you might prefer a private conversation. So we are creating that space for you.
  • We are now offer the Integrative Therapeutics line of dietary supplements and vitamins. This manufacturer is one of the few FDA-approved drug establishments and certified organic processors in the industry. These high standards are what persuaded us to carry them in our store.
  • We are now also carrying the Juice Beauty skin care and beauty products, a completely organic, cruelty-free skin care line that meets the most rigorous standards of Organic Farming and Manufacturing practices in the world. Juice Beauty products are all made in the USA and are manufactured using solar power.
  • In addition to the many products we carry in the store, we can order thousand of additional items and often have them by the next day? Let us know what you need, and we’ll be happy to order it for you.
  • We choose the people and animal products that we carry very carefully, so be sure and read our blog. We often provide information on the products we carry along with an explanation of why. On our blog and in our store, you’ll soon see Stacey Recommends signs. If you ever want to know more, please ask.staceyrecommendsgreengold

We’re looking forward to another great year in Del Ray!

Stacey, Barbara and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy

Holiday Hours

Please note our hours for the 4th of July weekend:

Friday, July 3 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 4: Closed for Independence Day
Sunday, July 5: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Have a Happy 4th of July!

Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy

Treating Your Pets for Ticks

Ticks and Your PetsFinally have time for a cuddle at the end of a long day and nestled in that soft, silky fur, you discover a nasty tick firmly attached to your pet’s skin. Ugh!

As the weather warms up, you need to be on the lookout for ticks. Earlier, we covered how to protect yourself from these unwanted hitchhikers, but your pets need help too. It’s important to learn how to prevent ticks from biting your pets, how to remove them, and when you should seek treatment for your pet if they’ve been bitten.

Treating Your Pet for Ticks

The ASCPA provides great step-by-step instructions for removing a tick from your pet. Even though you’ll be highly motivated to remove the tick as quickly as possible (or to talk someone else into doing it!), it’s a good idea to take the time to prepare and do it properly. Drs. Foster and Smith show how it’s done in this useful video.

The main points to remember are wear gloves, save the tick in case you need to show it to the vet (have a container or baggie ready), try to remove the entire tick, don’t twist while removing, clean the affected area thoroughly, and contact your vet if the area becomes red or inflamed.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers these tips for preventing ticks from getting on your pet in the first place:

  • Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
  • If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away.
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about tickborne diseases in your area.
  • Reduce tick habitat in your yard.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about using tick preventives on your pet.

Special Note: Cats are very sensitive to many chemicals. Do not use any insect repellants without checking with your vet first. The decision over what type of product to use for your pet is an important one. The CDC covers the pros and cons.

WebMD’s slideshow What You Need to Know about Fleas and Ticks not only explains the dangers, but also shows you what to look for.

You and your pet are undoubtedly looking forward to spending more time outside in the summer weather. Using these tips, we hope you and your pet will be able to avoid tick bites, but if you encounter any trouble, we’re here to help any way we can.

Barbara, Stacey, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy

Thanks, Del Ray, for a Successful Drug Take Back Event

drugtakeback2Thank you, Del Ray! Our Drug Take Back event on Saturday was a big success. We partnered with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office and the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria to hold the Drug Take Back. Deputies collected an estimated 150 lbs. of unused, expired, and unwanted medications.

Thanks to the publicity from Channel 4 news, many people in the Del Ray community heard about the event and brought their medications down for safe disposal. We think these events are important for the health of our community. The Drug Take Back event addresses a critical public safety and public health issue.

drugtakeback1According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

So, thank you, Del Ray, for doing the right thing and keeping our community a safe, healthy place to live.

Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy

Drug Take Back Event Today

Although we are disappointed that the Well Ray festival has been postponed, we are pleased to announce that our Drug Take Back event will take place as scheduled. Instead of taking your unused, expired, or unwanted medications to the festival, please bring them directly to The Neighborhood Pharmacy today between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

To help prevent abuse and theft of medication and improperly disposed of drugs, we are partnering with the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria, to hold the Drug Take Back event. Deputies will be outside the pharmacy collecting the drugs; the service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

The Drug Take Back event addresses a critical public safety and public health issue. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. Bring your expired, unused, and unwanted medications to the Neighborhood Pharmacy for safe and proper disposal.

We look forward to seeing  you!

Stacey, Barbara, and Your Friends at The Neighborhood Pharmacy