This is the best way to affordably improve your adherence to the doctor’s prescribed therapy. Many hospitalizationsand other serious health events turn out to be a result of incorrect medication use. The Dispill® Medication Packaging takes all the guesswork out and is a very safe way to ensure correct doses and to keep track of what’s been taken and what hasn’t.
And if you are really attached to your old plastic medication planner, we can work with that instead of using the Dispill® packs. The main thing is that you are able to stay with the therapy prescribed by your doctor with the most convenience possible. Just ask us for what you need: we’re pretty flexible.
Here at Donlon Pharmacy, we offer:
All vaccinations are documented in the state of Iowa IRIS system, which can be accessed from any clinic who may need to see the record. For any vaccine, it is recommended that you wait 10 – 15 minutes afterward just as a precaution.
Scheduling is easy: except in times of national shortage, we always have vaccine on hand and you can simply walk in and ask for the injection. No prescription needed for Flu shots, but a prescription is needed for the others.
It’s best to avoid Mondays, which are busy at the pharmacy: you would end up waiting much longer. Any other day of the week should be fine, but it’s good to call ahead to be sure that the vaccinating pharmacist will be there at the time you will. Please allow 20 minutes or so for the process, and have your prescription insurance information with you.
The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, can be given to anyone age 50 or more and provides good but not 100% prevention of shingles. The injection is a simple one under the skin at the back of your arm and side effects are uncommon: mostly discomfort at the site of the shot.
While there is still a chance a vaccinated person can get shingles, there are two important benefits for even those unlucky few: the shingles episode will be much milder than is possible for an un-vaccinated person and there will be none of the ongoing pain that sometimes follows after a shingles episode is over. Called post-herpetic neuralgia, this preventable pain can be extreme and can last for several months after the actual shingles attack has resolved. Get the Zostavax injection and you’ll be protected from post-herpetic neuralgia.
A prescription is required from your doctor and we will run it through your insurance before injection: copays vary quite a bit from one plan to another, so there’s no way for us to know your cost until we receive the claim response from your insurance plan.
Flu Vaccine is offered during flu season, starting in September or October, as soon as our first shipment arrives.While it’s best to get your flu shot early in the flu season, it is still important even later. Many cases of flu show up in February, so if you don’t get the shot until then, it will still provide you and yours with valuable protection.
Walk-ins are welcome, though Mondays are so busy you would have to wait longer: it’s best to come a different day of the week. A prescription is not required.
We charge a flat $28 for each flu shot, without submitting the claim to prescription insurance plans. Many plans now cover the shot so make sure we try your insurance first.
Flu shots are recommended for anyone age 6 months or more, according to the CDC. [Click here] for their influenza website. If you are likely to have contact with someone who is below that age or is unable to get the vaccine for other reasons, you could pass the virus to them without even realizing it. Vaccination is the best way that you can prevent yourself becoming a carrier for this disease which can be severe or even deadly.
Boostrix (Tdap) vaccine provides protection against Tetanus, diphtheria & acellular Pertussis (whooping cough). We have just added this to our available vaccines.
Donlon Pharmacy is pleased to offer the Tdap Booster vaccine. Boostrix (Tetanus, Diphtheria & acellular Pertussis vaccine) is approved for use in all patients above age 10. It is partly covered by your Medicare D pharmacy benefit.
This vaccine is recommended by the CDC for anyone who has or expects to come in contact with pertussis infected individuals and/or children vulnerable to such infection. A single booster like this is recommended for all adults, including those over age 65.
Remember that an adult may have whooping cough without having the classic “whooping” symptom which is most pronounced in babies. Adults may also be carrying the infection without even realizing they have anything at all. Vaccines are the safest and most effective way to prevent this illness and prevent its spread. Contact Matthew at the pharmacy if you have questions about it. Or stop by any day to get the vaccine: just ask your doctor to send us a prescription first!
[Click Here] for a link to the CDC’s recommendations for this vaccine.
After the Pertussis (Whooping Cough) outbreaks this year and in previous years, we decided to start offering the Tdap vaccine and we give a few each week, often in conjunction with the Shingles vaccine. Tdap protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough). Here are some details:
We can compound almost any mixture your doctor prescribes. Whether you need a special cream for a dermatology problem or a tub soothing balm for your little one’s diaper, we can handle it. If we have never made the compound prescribed, we have a good relationship with the Mayo Clinic pharmacy for those times when we need to get the ‘recipe’ for a new compound needed by one of our patients.
In the rare event we are unable to prepare a specific compound, we will find out where you can have this done most conveniently and transfer the prescription there to make sure you can follow the therapy your doctor has planned.
This can include a large variety of products that are carried here at Donlon Pharmacy. If there is something you need that we don’t have, we can usually order it for next day’s delivery. Some items, particularly Durable Medical Equipment like walkers or wheelchairs may take longer to arrive. Special orders from our main supplier are usually no extra charge, and you have no obligation to purchase if it doesn’t meet your needs. An exception would be for some durable goods that we have to order from a different supplier, such as for specially sized braces or orthotics. For these, we may require a deposit because some suppliers will charge us shipping if we have to return it.
Over the counter products, herbals, supplements, vitamins, etc. While we carry a good selection of these products, there may be items you need that we don’t have. Please ask one of our staff to see if it can be ordered for you. For many such products, the special order will arrive the next day.