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Pharmacy & Compounding

  • Got Drugs? National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day - September 26

    by Paula Gallagher | September 21, 2015

    got_drugs_bannerOn Saturday, September 26, a number of collection sites around the country will be taking back unused and unwanted prescription drugs through the National Take-Back Initiative. The program helps to keep these substances out of our environment (e.g., water supply), as well as keep them safe from children, teens and adults who might accidentally or intentionally look to use them inappropriately.

    The Take-Back Initiative says: The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, 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.
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  • Personalization Through Custom Compounding at Village Green

    by Paula Gallagher | September 16, 2015

    compound-labWhat does that mean? It means that at Village Green Apothecary, we know that not everyone is the same. One prescription or vitamin or face cream is not necessarily going to work both for you and for the person walking in behind you.

    We strive to make sure that you get what you need as an individual. We want to hear your stories, struggles and concerns so we can find what works best for you. One way we do this is through our compounding lab.

    Village Green specializes in personalization through custom compounding of vitamins, minerals and prescription drugs. Individualized compounds are prepared on orders from a nutritionist or physician, like a regular prescription, and offer several distinct advantages over mass-produced bottled products, such as: Read more

  • Metabolic Risk Factors: Five Numbers You Need to Know

    by Neal Barnard, MD | April 28, 2015

    vegetable-basketA new study shows statins may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 46%. That’s especially worrisome, considering this cholesterol-lowering drug nets blockbuster sales and remains a widely popular prescription. The good news is there is an option that not only rivals its pharmaceutical competitors, but tackles symptoms of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes: it’s called a low-fat, vegan diet.

    The “side effects” you’ll see with a plant-based prescription – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes – are all good. Instead of narrowing arteries and insulin resistance, you’ll see improvements in arterial plaque, improved blood flow, and stabilized blood sugar. These three biometric markers, combined with waist circumference and body weight, hold the key to a clean bill of health.

    With a dietary intervention, you’ll see results in just a matter of weeks.

    Here are five numbers concerning metabolic risk factors that you (or your patients) need to know: Read more

  • Village Green Welcomes Pharmacist Emily Shewmaker

    by Paula Gallagher | February 17, 2015

    Emily-ShewmakerWe are excited to welcome pharmacist Emily Shewmaker, Pharm.D., to the Village Green Apothecary team. Emily brings over 10 years of experience as a pharmacist and has certifications in patient diabetes care, immunization, holistic health and nutrition and smoking cessation.

    Her goals at the pharmacy are to bring utmost customer service and most importantly empower customers to take control of their health.

    Emily enjoys spending time with her family, cooking with real food, and playing various sports. She has a passion for optimizing health from the inside out, using a primary (lifestyle) and secondary (dietary) food model.

    If you have questions about your prescriptions, including drug/nutrient interactions, please stop by and meet Emily.

  • Women's Health Series: Menopause

    by Paula Gallagher | January 26, 2015

    menopauseMenopause refers to the time when women end their reproductive cycle – ending menstruation. The ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands and fat cells take over sex hormone production. The body is designed to accommodate this natural process, but can only do so if the body is in a healthy state. For many women, menopause can be a time of tremendous physical, emotional and social change and support is needed to help them through the hormonal transition.

    Common symptoms associated with menopause are:


    Hot flashes & night sweats
    Weight gain
    Vaginal dryness
    Low libido
    Mood swings
    Foggy memory
    Heart palpitations

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