Lowering Your Risks

April 17, 2014

AmericanDiabetesAssociationThe American Diabetes Association has a new website feature that can be a great help in maintaining your health – My Health Advisor. You can discover your risk for Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke all in one place! In addition, this site will create a personal action plan to help you lower your risk. If you or a loved one are concerned about your risks associated with any of these diseases, My Heath Advisor is a great place to start.



Mail Order from Pharmacies Out of the Country

April 2, 2014

At times, we are asked about any issues with getting prescriptions through mail order from pharmacies outside of the country.  This comes up occasionally when someone is looking for ways to save money.  There are, however, several issues with doing this.  The Utah Division of Professional Licensing released a statement about this a while back.  The article can be found at http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/forms/canadian_RX.pdf.  This discusses some key issues with this being illegal and unsafe. Prescription

If you are trying to save money, pharmacists at Harmons can suggest generic medications in the same class to your doctor and, if you don’t have insurance, we can sign you up for our savings club.  If there isn’t a generic alternative, sometimes the manufacturer has coupons you can find on their website.  Let us know if you have any questions about your medications.

March Is National Kidney Month

March 14, 2014

March is National Kidney Month! So let’s take the opportunity to examine some methods to help protect our kidneys. Many of you may know that diabetes can be hard on many of the organs, especially the kidneys. You

Jessica, Pharmacy Manager

Jessica, Pharmacy Manager

may be surprised to know that diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and kidney transplant. So, how do we prevent this from happening, if we are living with diabetes? Here are some tips about how we can all keep our kidneys healthy:

  • Visit your healthcare provider on a regular basis. There are several tests that need to be performed on at least a yearly basis, sometimes more often, to keep your body healthy. Some of these tests look directly at kidney health and function.
  • Keep your blood sugar levels under control. This can be very difficult for those recently diagnosed and specific times of year when the food is just so TASTY – holidays, birthdays, vacations. However, keeping your blood sugar within your directed range can protect your kidneys from long-term damage.
  • Keep your blood pressure in your target range. High blood pressure can be hard on the kidneys, especially if your blood sugar is out of its designated range.
  • Cut back on salt intake. The recommended salt (sodium) intake is under 2300 milligrams or less than 1 teaspoon per day. This control can also help in losing weight and keeping blood pressure down.
  • Keep your cholesterol intake at a minimum. Your kidneys act as a filtration system for your blood – keeping the good and getting rid of the bad or unnecessary. However, a high cholesterol diet can be hard on the kidney “filters” and can even damage their function. This recommendation may also help losing weight, and who doesn’t want to drop a few unwanted pounds.

Taking just one of these steps can help to prevent long-term kidney problems associated with diabetes. If you’re ever confused about where to start, our dietitians at Harmons are a fantastic resource! Let’s celebrate our bodies during National Kidney Month by taking steps to prevent kidney disease!

More Rx Medications Available OTC

March 7, 2014
Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Nasacort and Oxytrol are the newest prescription medications that you can now get over the counter (OTC).  Nasacort is a steroid nasal spray for allergies.  We have this in stock and there is a coupon on their website at www.nasacort.com.  It is also on sale this month at our stores.  Oxytrol is patch used for overactive bladder.  You can learn more about this medication at www.oxytrol.com.    

Some of the recent medications that were prescription and are now OTC are Allegra, Allegra-D, Prevacid, Zegerid, Alli, Zyrtec, Zyrtec-D, Plan B, Miralax, Zaditor, Lamisil, Prilosec, Claritin, and Claritin-D.   

This helps more patients to have access to these medications and is more convenient since you don’t need a prescription.  If you take a prescription version of these medications you may see some changes with your insurance.    

If you have any questions about these medications we are here to help you.  Just ask your local Harmons pharmacist.

American Diabetes Association Expo

February 24, 2014

It’s that time again. Harmons is sponsoring the American Diabetes Association Expo for the third year! Admission to the expo is FREE! Whether you are personally living with diabetes or know someone who is, you will find a wealth of information at this Expo.

  • Many FREE health screenings will be available, including blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, foot and eye screenings, and diabetes risk assessment.
  • Harmons Chef Johnny will offer four different cooking demonstrations and tasty, diabetes-friendly recipes including:
    • Smokey Egg White Frittata
    • Farro Lettuce Wrap
    • Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry
    • Jicama Salad
  • Harmons will be offering healthy and delicious samples of their fresh-made dishes and local products.
  • Harmons Registered Dietitians will take you through their portable grocery store aisle for a “store tour” to help you learn how to choose delicious foods that fit into a healthy and balanced diabetes meal plan.
  • Harmons Pharmacists will be on hand to answer your questions about managing your diabetes with medication.
  • Product exhibits and presentations will provide knowledge on the most cutting-edge technology and research.
  • Fitness demonstrations will show you how to fit exercise into your daily life.

Come learn more about healthy living with diabetes in a FUN way! Register online to receive event announcements at www.diabetes.org/exposaltlakecity or call 1-888-DIABETES (extension 7072) for more information.

Or just stop by! It’s FREE!

 South Towne Expo Center
March 1, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
9575 South State Street
Sandy, UT 84070

If you are not able to visit us at the Expo, there are still some great diabetes events you can take advantage of at Harmons Grocery Stores. We will be teaming up with our Cooking School Chefs for some great diabetes-friendly cooking classes and offering free diabetes store tours.

Registration for all events is available online or by contacting the dietitian hosting the event. For a full listing of events, check out our Great Health Calendar at www.harmonsgrocery.com/health/event-calendar/. And as always, you are welcome to schedule a one-on-one store tour at any time by giving us a call.

Dietitian Jonnell Masson, Bangerter Crossing Harmons (801) 617-0119

Dietitian Laura Holtrop Kohl, City Creek Harmons (801) 428-0364

Dietitian Jessica LaRoche, Station Park Harmons (801) 928-2634

Dietitian Kayla Leitzke, The District Harmons (801) 495-5402


Deductible Time Again

February 5, 2014
Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

For lots of us, a new year comes with our deductibles starting over. A lot of people are shocked how much their medications are when they don’t have the set copay. We are also seeing a lot more companies move to high deductible plans. Even if you have a deductible, you still get a discount on your medications.

When we bill your insurance they give you their contracted price for the medication. Pharmacists at Harmons can also talk to you about possible generics that the doctor may consider trying before going to a more expensive brand name medication. If the doctor still wants the brand name, you could ask their office about manufacture coupons or samples.

We also have the Harmons Prescription Plan. This plan gets you discounts on prescriptions you get at Harmons. At times, this prescription discount program may be better than your insurance for some generics. For more information on the Harmons Prescription Plan, please talk to your local Harmons Pharmacy.

Diabetes Myth Busters

January 27, 2014



It’s possible to have a “touch of sugar” No. A “touch of sugar” means you don’t have diabetes. You either have it or you don’t.
People with diabetes have to follow a special diet People with diabetes benefit from the same healthy food that is good for anyone else – plenty of whole grains and fruits and vegetables, with a limited amount of fat and refined sugar
You have to lose a lot of weight for your diabetes to improve Losing 10-15lbs can significantly improve your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol
Diabetes doesn’t run in my family, so I’m safe


Family history is only one of several risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar Type 2 is caused by genetic and lifestyle factors. Being overweight increases your risk for developing type 2, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain.
People with type 2 diabetes, who need insulin, are in serious trouble. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, and most people with it eventually need insulin. By using insulin to keep diabetes in control, people with type 2 can often avoid complications and lead a healthy life.
People with diabetes can’t perform certain jobs. People with diabetes have rights, and federal laws prohibit discriminations against workers with diabetes.


Prescription pain medications with acetaminophen

January 2, 2014
Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Acetaminophen is found in many prescriptions and over the counter medications. It also can be abbreviated as APAP on many prescription labels. Pharmacists are always counseling patients to avoid additional acetaminophen products while they are on certain medications because too much acetaminophen can cause liver failure and even death. This most often happens when patients are taking two medications with acetaminophen or drink alcohol while taking acetaminophen. Most people don’t know acetaminophen is found in more than just Tylenol products. It is found in many over the counter cough and cold medications too.

The Food and Drug Administration put a limit on the amount of acetaminophen per tablet to 325 mg or lower on combination prescription pain medications. The higher acetaminophen products will no longer be available. They announced this a few years ago but this goes into affect January 2014. We will no longer be dispensing the higher acetaminophen products after January 14th. We can call your doctor to get it changed if needed. This change will help prevent overdosing on acetaminophen and liver damage. If you have questions about this please call your Harmons pharmacist.

Prescription Drug Abuse and Your Safety

December 10, 2013
Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and is killing more people each year. This is causing new regulations and policies to help combat this epidemic. You may have noticed changes in policies that pharmacies and physicians have implemented. A recent change for pharmacies is the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requiring pharmacy wholesalers to have a controlled substance monitoring program. The program monitors and limits the amount of control substances a pharmacy can order. The wholesaler will then notify the DEA if a pharmacy is trying to order above their limit. This has caused many pharmacies to run out of control medications part way through the month.

Pharmacists at Harmons are concerned with your safety. We will continue to implement policies as we find the best ways as a nation, state, and company to dispense control medications. We can counsel you on the proper use and disposal of these medications. A website with more information about this topic is at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/prescription-drug-abuse. If you have questions about this topic or your medications feel free to call your local Harmons pharmacist.

Different Looking Medications

November 12, 2013
Phil, Pharmacy Manager

Phil, Pharmacy Manager

The appearance of your tablet and capsules may look different than what you had before. We have a new wholesaler and they carry some different generic manufactures. We will notify you with a green sticker that the medication may look different. Also, the first yellow sticker on your bottle describes what your medication looks like and gives the imprint. If your medicine looks different and we didn’t notify you please call and talk to your Harmons pharmacist.