Season 3-Episode 45-Scoliosis

scoliosis.jpgAngela Jones Doctor, BSN, RN, CPN, a nurse from children’s of Alabama who helps run the scoliosis screening program for many children in Alabama, defines scoliosis, who is at most risk and what to do if your child is found to have a positive screening.

Listen now below to Tuesday’s new Healthy Dose® episode which aired on 10-17-17 at 5pm on WVSU FM91.1 Birmingham! #healthydose #samfordpharmacy #WVSU #childrensofalabama #scoliosis #screenings

COA 20th Anniversity PicAngela Jones Doctor, BSN, RN, CPN, is a nurse at Children’s of Alabama. She earned her BSN at the University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing and is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). Angela joined Children’s of Alabama in 1994 and has been the coordinator of the School Scoliosis Screening Program for nearly 20 years. She recently wrote an article entitled, “Importance of Spinal Screenings during Adolescence” in the September issue of the Birmingham Parent Magazine. Angela is a member of the Board of Trustees at 6th Avenue Baptist Church and enjoys doing Sudoku for brain exercise.COA_Logo_Horizontal


Alabama law states that it is required for children in public schools in grades 5-9 (ages 11-14) to be screened for scoliosis on an annual basis.

Season 3-Episode 44-Healthcare Communication via Flash Drive Key Chain Rx List

Slide1Need some advice on the keys to life? Your keys themselves could just save your life!

Dr. Patrick Devereux, PharmD, president and CEO of Family Medical Services, Inc. located in Bessemer, AL who oversees three retail pharmacies in the Birmingham area, discusses problems with communication across the healthcare spectrum. Dr. Devereux will also discuss about a new innovative idea to try and help his patients communicate their medication list to other healthcare professionals and hospital settings by simply using a flash drive key chain.

Listen now below to Tuesday’s new Healthy Dose® episode which aired on 10-10-17 at 5pm on WVSU FM91.1 Birmingham! #healthydose #samfordpharmacy #WVSU #healthcare #communication #flashdrive #keychainScreen Shot 2017-10-12 at 4.18.01 PM



One of the highest risk for medication errors can happen upon admission to a hospital. If you or a loved one do not carry a current list of medications with you and you are taken to the hospital without any means of having a plan to enable the hospital to get access to your current list of medications, the risk of a medication error is substantially increased and could result in severe harm.

Check out the research articles below for more information:

Hellström, L. M., Bondesson, Å., Höglund, P., & Eriksson, T. (2012). Errors in medication history at hospital admission: prevalence and predicting factors. BMC Clinical Pharmacology, 12, 9.

Cornu P, Steurbaut S, Leysen T, De Baere E, Ligneel C, et al. Effect of Medication Reconciliation at Hospital Admission on Medication Discrepancies During Hospitalization and at Discharge for Geriatric Patients. Ann Pharmacother. 2012 Apr; 46(4):484-94. Epub 2012 Mar 13. 10.1345/aph.1Q594

Season 3-Episode 43-Pain Management with Opioids

Slide1Dr. Jake Galdo, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and the community pharmacy residency director at Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, comes back to Healthy Dose® with more information about pain management, specifically in regards to opioid medications. Dr. Galdo will discuss the expectations we should have with pain medication based on the pain scale, what opioids are and how they are classified, and how many days it can take to become addicted to opioids based on new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Galdo will also briefly address the new CVS policy that will be limiting the opioid medication to a week supply for all of their patients.

Listen now below to Tuesday’s new Healthy Dose® episode which aired on 10-3-17 at 5pm on WVSU FM91.1 Birmingham! #healthydose #samfordpharmacy #WVSU #pain #painmanagement #opioids #addiction Jake Galdo 2.15


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Based on the new research from the CDC published in March 2017, opioid addiction risk can happen within five days of taking the medication. Click here for a link to the CDC Opioid Study