Hygeia LBI Breast Pump Giveaway!

In CategoryAffordable Care Act, In the Media, Lehan Drugs News, Product Info
ByLehan Drugs

 

Hygeia LBI Breast Pump

 

We have teamed up with Rachel’s Giveaways to giveaway a Hygeia LBI Breast Pump! Visit her link to sign up: 

HER GIVEAWAY

 

 

Breast Pump Insurance Guide

In CategoryAffordable Care Act, Health News, In the Media, Lehan Drugs News, Product Info
ByLehan Drugs

Looking to get a breast pump covered by your insurance? Let us help!

 

Congratulations on your pregnancy or the birth of your child! You most likely have the adorable outfits washed and put away, the crib ready to go, and are basking in the feeling that very soon you will get to hold your baby boy or girl. One question you might be asking yourself, though, if you are planning on breastfeeding, is should I get a breast pump? At Lehan’s we are happy to help mothers find a breast pump that fits their lifestyle and unique needs!  In addition, did you know that many insurance companies are now helping to cover at least a portion of the cost of a breast pump?

While having a baby is an enjoyable experience, getting a breast pump through your insurance company might be a little more of a headache. To help ease that burden, at Lehan’s we have come up with some helpful tips to try and make the process as painless as possible (or as painless as dealing with an insurance company can be!).

Allowable Amount

If you call your insurance company, they might mention that a breast pump is covered at 80-100% of an ‘allowable amount’. You may think, “Wow! 80% of the cost for my pump, that’s fantastic!” but your insurance may not necessarily be giving you all the facts. An allowable amount is a set dollar amount that your insurance company covers for a specific item. So while they say they cover 80-100% of an allowable amount, in reality that may translate to about $60-125 dollars towards a pump. Another good thing to know about an allowable amount is that it only covers the breast pump itself, not accessories that can be purchased separately.

Deductibles

In addition, you may have to deal with that dreaded thing called a deductible.  You may know what your deductible is, but if not, a deductible is a set annual amount of healthcare costs that you are required to pay before insurance will consider payment for your breast pump. Though this may not be the case for everyone, it is a good idea to ask your insurance company about your deductible or have us ask for you. We are here to help!

Prior Authorization

Finally, some insurance companies may also require a prior authorization in order to pay for a breast pump. A prior authorization is a program that requires specific conditions be met before coverage is granted for the member. If your insurance requires a prior authorization, don’t worry, we can help with that as well. Typically it’s just a quick fax between the doctor’s office and insurance company.

Lehan’s Can Help!

So how can we help? At Lehan’s we will help in any way we can to make your breast pump purchase as hassle-free as possible. We can contact your insurance company on your behalf and determine your coverage level as well as any specific insurance requirements. To help, we will need the following:

1)    Your name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address

2)    Insurance ID and group number

3)    A prescription from your doctor that says ‘Double Electric Breast Pump’.

4)    Due Date! Insurance companies won’t cover breast pumps until the baby is born!

You can fill out the Breast Pump Insurance Form here: BREAST PUMP FORM

Products We Carry

So now that you know how to determine insurance coverage for a breast pump, you may be wondering which pumps are available at Lehan’s. We carry both Ameda and Hygeia breast pumps. Our in-stock Ameda models include The Purely Yours and the Purely Yours Ultra. These pumps contain an Ameda HygieniKit, which includes a patented diaphragm that prevents moisture & milk from entering pump tubing, includes an AC Power Adapter or runs on 6 AA batteries, and Custom Control settings which are separate suction and speed dials to help you find the settings that work best. The Ultra pump contains a few extra accessories including different sized flanges, a cooler with 6 bottles, and more.

Our Hygeia models that we carry are the EPS, EXT, and LBI. Each Pump includes: tubing, flanges, 2 bottles and caps, bottle inserts for smaller bottles, 1 replacement filter, an external electric power supply, independently adjustable speed and suction, and some type of battery option depending on the model. The EXT has an external battery pack that runs on AA batteries, and the LBI has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that holds a charge for up to four hours.  You also have the option of a cute and functional tote for your Hygeia pump.

If you are interested in one of these breast pumps and would like more information, or have questions on insurance coverage, please contact us and Michelle, our certified lactation specialist, will be happy to answer any questions. Our phone number is: (815) 758-0911 and our email is: mommyandbabysupport@lehandrugs.com.

Congratulations and we can’t wait to help!

You can also fill out our Breast Pump Insurance

Form HERE!

 

Mom and Happy Baby

Lift Chairs at Lehan Drugs

In CategoryProduct Info
ByJim

At Lehan’s we know that rising from a chair can be difficult or even impossible for patients suffering from arthritis, neuromuscular disease, back pain, or even temporarily for those recovering from surgery.  One way to help make life easier when getting out of a chair is difficult is through the use of a lift chair.  A lift chair has the look and feel of a traditional recliner chair, but includes a remote and a motorized mechanism that allows you to lift or recline effortlessly.

At Lehan Drugs, we offer a full line of Med-Lift Lift Chairs available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and fabrics, including Crypton, Vinyl, and Leather upgrades.  We offer free delivery of lift chairs to DeKalb, Sycamore, Cortland and the surrounding communities and deliver outside of DeKalb County for a small fee.  We even RENT lift chairs for people who need help temporarily due to an injury or surgery!

Our Med-Lift chairs are made right here in the USA and we have a large product line of lift chair models, each available in a large selection of luxurious fabrics and options.   Many of the models we carry are available in different sizes, allowing you to be comfortable regardless of your height or weight. Some of the features we offer are three position recline, quiet motors with battery back-up, and wall-a-way models.

Have questions about lift chairs?  Give us a call at 815-758-0911 or email us at info@lehandrugs.com for more information!

Yours In Health,

The Team @ Lehan’s

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Medication Compounding

In CategoryPharmacy, Product Info
ByJim

At Lehan’s we have the expertise and experience to be your local medication compounding experts in DeKalb, Sycamore and the surrounding communities in northern Illinois!  Led by Jon Lehan, PharmD, our compounding team is able to meet all of your customized medication needs including hormone replacement therapy, pain management, dermatology, veterinary and much more!

Curious if medication compounding could help you?  Keep reading!

What is compounding?

Prescription compounding is when a  pharmacist, working closely with the patient and physician, prepares a “customized” medication.  At Lehan’s compounding pharmacy, we prepare medicines in our state-of-the-art compounding laboratory, using the latest techniques and equipment. Our pharmacists are here to help solve problems and make sure you and your loved ones get the medicine you need.

Why compounding?

Compounded medications help our patients receive the type of personalized care they deserve.  By working closely with physicians and patients, compounding allows our patients to achieve maximum benefit from their medications.

Who benefits from compounding?

It may come as a surprise what compounded medications can do for your health:

  • You are allergic to preservatives or dyes
  • You need medication in a strength unavailable from traditional drug manufacturers
  • You need help improving the flavor of your medicine
  • You are interested in a medicine that isn’t available from a traditional drug manufacturer
  • You would prefer to treat certain painful conditions with creams or gels, instead of pills
  • You could benefit from an alternate method of taking your medicine, such as – topical transdermal creams and gels, sublingual tablets, or dissolving troches – flavored lollipops – medicated lip balms – customized capsules – suppositories – oral flavored suspensions and solutions – and much more

Can our compounding services benefit you?

Consider our expertise for..

  • Customized Hormone Replacement
  • Postpartum Needs
  • Men’s Health
  • Aging
  • Flavoring
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Neuropathies
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Exercise/Sports Medicine
  • Hospice Needs
  • Pets/Veterinary Medicine
  • Autism
  • Oral Lesions
  • Dental Needs
  • Wound Therapy
  • Wrinkles and Age Spots

Call us at 779-423-0542 for more information or to schedule a one on one appointment to discuss medication compounding today!

Insurance Billing for Breast Pumps

In CategoryHealth News, Lehan Drugs News, Product Info
ByJim

When the Affordable Care Act went into place last August, one of the sections of the act addressed “Comprehensive Coverage for Women’s Preventative Care.”   One of the eight new preventative services included in this section addressed breastfeeding coverage:

Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling: Pregnant and postpartum women will have access to comprehensive lactation support and counseling from trained providers, as well as breastfeeding equipment. Breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventive measures mothers can take to protect their health and that of their children. One of the barriers for breastfeeding is the cost of purchasing or renting breast pumps and nursing related supplies.

So, what does that mean for you?  Well, as a result of this language, insurance companies are now required to cover some type of breastfeeding equipment (either manual or electric breast pump, typically) for mothers who wish to nurse their children.  While coverage levels and equipment types covered vary by insurance company, some type of equipment must be covered.  For some insurance plans “grandfathered in” under the previous regulations, this may mean only a manual breast pump is covered.  Other plans cover a portion or all of the purchase price of a top of the line double electric breast pump.

As an accredited durable medical equipment (DME) provider, Lehan Drugs is able to 1) find out the type of breast pump coverage under your health plan and 2) bill insurance on your behalf for coverage of a breast pump.

Lehan’s bills all major insurances and carries a high quality line of breast pumps including Hygeia and Ameda, so if you are a nursing mother or soon will be, please contact us and we would be happy to help you figure out your policy coverage details!

Insurances that we bill include:

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Illinois Medicaid
  • Health Alliance

Questions or concerns?  Give us a call at 815-758-0911 or email us at info@lehandrugs.com!

Yours in Health,

The Lehan Drugs Team

 

 

 

 

 

Probiotics – Do I need them?

In CategoryHealth News, Product Info
ByJim

Do I need a PRO-biotic when my doctor prescribes an ANTI-biotic?

What is a Probiotic?

Probiotics are live, “good” bacteria and yeast that live in your intestine. They help decrease “bad” bacteria and viruses that cause diseases such as diarrhea.

They can help…

Some patients treat or prevent diarrhea including antibiotic associated diarrhea. Also, probiotics can help with some other diseases such as Ulcerative Colitis (UC)  and Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), and even asthma.

How likely am I to get diarrhea from my antibiotic?

The risk of diarrhea is up to 40% in patients treated with antibiotics, and about 10% of women develop a yeast infection.  The best-studies probiotics reduce your chance of developing these side effects by 50-75%.

Is that the entire story?

Antibiotics reduce the healthy bacteria in your digestive system. Good bacteria have been found to reduce the symptoms and development of auto-immune diseases such as asthma and ulcerative colitis, help create essential nutrients for your health like Vitamin K, and protect your gut from dangerous bacteria like Clostridium Dificile.

Although you may not develop diarrhea from your medication, using a probiotic ensures the medication doesn’t damage your health while clearing your infection!

Not all probiotics are created equal!

Lehan’s only recommends products with the BEST evidence available for preventing antibiotic associated diarrhea and general intestinal and vaginal health.  Less expensive products may not be strong enough, have the correct balance of bacteria, or may not have any LIVING probiotic bacteria.

Still not sure???

Don’t hesitate to ask a Lehan’s pharmacist for recommendations to help you choose the right product for you or your family member.

Pro-Biotic Product Choices

 

Contents

Recommended Dosing

Promoted Uses

Florastor Saccharomycesboulardii (yeast) Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health. May take WITH antiboitics Prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea and traveler’s diarrhea
Culturelle Lactobacillus GG (bacteria) Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health.  Must separate from antibiotics by several hours. Prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea
Ortho Biotic Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium,and Saccharomyces boulardii Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health.  Separate from antibiotic by several hours. Combines the ingredients in Culturelle and Florastor: prevents antibiotic associated diarrhea
Florajen 3 Lacbobacillus Acidophilus, Bfidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum Take one capsule twice daily during antibiotic therapy, or once daily for general intestinal health. Separate from antibiotic for several hours.  Refrigerated for maximum potency.  General intestinal health. Less evidence for use with antibiotics.
Florajen Lactobacillus Acidophilus Once daily for intestinal health.  May be used once daily as a vaginal suppository to support the prevention of yeast infections. Refrigerated for maximum potency.  General intestinal and vaginal health.
Yogurt(must contain active cultures) Lactobacillus 8 ounces TWICE daily during antibiotic treatment for prevention of diarrhea. Prevention of diarrhea, general intestinal health.

Fish Oil – Are you getting enough Omega-3’s?

In CategoryHealth News, Pharmacy, Product Info
ByJon

What Are Omega-3’s?

Omega 3’s are a type of fatty acid required by the human body to function properly. Our bodies cannot make Omega 3’s on our own, so humans must consume fish oil through the diet or with supplementation.

There are two types of omega 3’s:  DHA and EPA. Both are found naturally in fish.

 

 

The Uses and Dosing of Fish Oil (Omega-3s)

When determining the correct dose of fish oil for omega-3s, you must read the label carefully.  The front label of most products will say “Fish Oil 1,000mg” however this is NOT the amount of omega-3s in the product.  Omega-3s are only a portion of the fish oil capsules and are the ingredient directly responsible for supporting vital health processes.

Fish oil products should have labeling to describe the amounts of omega-3s (DHA + EPA) in the capsules.   The “serving size” may be listed as 1 or 2 capsules, depending on the product selected.  This is important in determining the cost of taking fish oil, as serving size differs from product to product.

*As you can see from this example, although each capsule is 1,000mg, only 300mg are the DHA and EPA!*

The most common uses of fish oil are to support healthy cholesterol (primarily high triglycerides), blood pressure support, prevention of secondary cardiovascular events, cardiovascular support, and support of brain function. The chart below describes how dosing may differ based on medical literature available for each condition.

 

Most Common Uses

Recommended dosing of omega-3s (EPA plus DHA)

High cholesterol

(primarily triglycerides)

2000-4000mg daily

High Blood Pressure

3000-4000mg daily

Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention

2000mg dailiy

Heart Disease

1000mg daily

Summary of Scientific Evidence:

High Cholesterol (primarily triglycerides):   There is strong evidence that omega-3s help in reducing triglyceride levels.  On average, omega-3s reduce triglyceride levels by 27mg/dl.

High Blood Pressure: There is strong evidence that omega-3s support small reductions in blood pressure.

Secondary Cardiovascular Prevention: There is strong evidence that omega-3s reduce the risk of heart attacks and death in patients who have previously had a heart attack or stroke.

Other theoretical (unproven) benefits:

Arthritis/inflammatory disorders

Dementia

Auto-immune disorders

Asthma

If you have additional questions about fish oil, talk to one of our pharmacists today!

Yours in Health,

Jon Lehan, Pharm D

 

Compression Running Socks – Hype or Reality?

In CategoryHealth News, Product Info
ByJim

When it comes to running, cycling or training for a triathlon, whether you are a weekend warrior or a serious competitor, it seems we are all looking for an edge to help us train harder and recover more quickly.  It may be the latest shoe design, recovery drink or training program, but there is always something new to try to gain that edge.

In the past couple of years more and more runners, triathletes and cyclists have been turning to compression socks to help their performances and recovery times.  But people want to know, do compression socks actually work or are they just the latest fad?   To answer that question, let’s first take a look at the basic effect that compression has on the circulatory system. 

1. Artery musculature:  The arteries in your body have muscular walls.  The musculature of these arterial walls reacts to changes in pressure.

2. Ambient pressure and expansion of the arterial diameter: The special compression profile of compression sport socks increases the ambient pressure on the arterial walls (in effect helping to equalize the pressure inside and outside the artery walls).  As a result, the musculature in the arterial wall relaxes and the relaxed musculature increases the arterial diameter and consequently the blood flow through the arteries.

* Artery without compression                            * Artery with compression *


This increased blood flow seems to have various positive effects on athletes.  A study from 2007 found an 85% decrease in the number of athletes suffering from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)post-recovery when wearing compression socks.  In theory the increased blood flow and graduated compression helps to remove lactic acid from muscles in the lower legs more quickly and consequently reduces soreness in athletes to help them recover more quickly.

Another study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning in 2009 by Dr. Wolfgang Kemmler of the Institute of Medical Physics, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg,Germany concluded that runners using CEP compression sport socks had 5% faster running times while using 6% less energy2.

These studies show that both recovery and performance may be increased by using athletic compression socks during and after workouts.  It should be noted, though, that the benefits of compression socks are pre-conditioned on wearing a correctly fitted sock.  If a sock that is worn is too tight or worn incorrectly, the sock can actually have the opposite of the desired effect and decrease blood flow to the muscles.  It is extremely important to see a certified fitter to be measured for socks to ensure a proper fit!

Other benefits of athletic compression socks include:

1) Muscle support – the pressure exerted by the socks decreases vibration trauma to muscles due to the pounding of running. 

2) Shin splint relief – the pressure from compression socks supports the shin muscles and reduces the severity of muscle tearing away from the shin that results in shin splints

3) Achilles heal support – CEP athletic socks have special support for the achilles heal helping to reduce soreness

At the end of the day, although the science of athletic compression socks is relatively new, it appears that they may have an impact on athletic training both in increased performance and decreased recovery times.  If you have any questions about compression athletic socks or compression in general, stop in, give us a call or e-mail us at info@lehandrugs.com!

1Ali, A., M.P. Caine, B.G. Snow. 2007. Graduated Compression Stockings: Physiological and Perceptual Responses During and After Exercise. J Sports Sci 25(4): 413-419.

2Kemmler, Wolfgang; Stengel, Simon von; Köckritz, Christina; Mayhew, Jerry; Wassermann, Alfred; Zapf, Jürgen Effect of Compression Stockings on Running Performance in Men Runners. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 23(1):101-105, January 2009.

 

 

Tylenol® brand recall

In CategoryProduct Info
ByJon

Some lots of Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, Simply Sleep, St. Joseph Aspirin® brands have recently been recalled. 

Check your medicine cabinet to make sure you don’t have one of the affected lots….apparently they have been recalled due to a nauseating smell emanating from the bottle when opened.  Click the links below for more information, or call their Customer Care Center at 1-888-222-6036.

https://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/page.jhtml?id=/include/prd_tylenol.inc

Why we’re a little different…

In CategoryProduct Info
ByJon

When we decided to update our website, we had a decision to make:  do we sell our products on the internet?  All the big chains do, and why not?  It seems like an easy way to market your products to people all over the  country.  Easy money right?  But, like our slogan says, we’re more than medicine, and there’s more to what we provide than just the products.

Lehan’s has always been “different” because of the level of service we provide to our customers and patients. Part of the Lehan’s experience is that personal service. It might be the attention our pharmacists give to a patient picking up prescriptions or picking out a cough or cold medicine. It might be the time our home medical department spends helping a patient get the right fit for a brace or compression product. It might be our respiratory therapist making sure you fully understand how to operate your oxygen or respiratory equipment.  Or it might just be the fact that someone here remembers your name. 

The internet provides a lot of benefits to our society, but it certainly lacks in human interaction, the face-to-face encounter, and the reassurance that someone in your community cares about your well-being.  So, in the end, we decided not to sell our products on the website.  We hope you’ll come in to see us, and I don’t think it will take you long to understand why.

Jon Lehan, Pharm.D