Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Truth and Resolutions

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Happy New Year!!

I want this year to be a year of transformation. I have resolved to be a healthier version of myself (focusing a bit more on me for a change–specifically health wise) and I have resolved to be a better advocate.

To be honest, I don’t like to write. I’m not a writer; heck I don’t even consider myself a blogger.

I like to research. I like discovery. I have a full time job working 12 hour shifts; I have two kids; I volunteer at a non-profit; I am a homeroom mom; I am a wife, a friend, a daughter, and a sister. And like everyone else reading this the chef, the maid, the chauffeur, the laundress…

I never intended to be an advocate; I had to worry about my son constantly as it was. Why blog about too. Or at least that’s what I thought, when I tried to talk myself OUT of doing this.

I began being “The Food Allergy Pharmacist” because I was horrified at some of what I was reading on various sites/groups regarding medications (in relation to allergies). I didn’t out myself as a pharmacist originally but as a person that can’t help but find solutions (or at least a path toward a solution) for any problem I find, I couldn’t sit by, doing nothing, knowing what actions/consequences may develop. Based on my years (and years–dang When did I get so old!?) of experience counseling patients and the lessons I have learned as a medical professional some information should be explicit, never implied, never assuming that what is obvious to one person is obvious to another. It’s not.

So my truth is that I’m not a good blogger. I don’t like to write BUT I am a good advocate in the sense that my information will be researched, reasoned, and factual. Mistakes will be dealt with promptly and openly.

Food Allergy Pharmacist resolutions include: 1. Post more often (I may even start having some of my students research and post as well)
2. Expand on the Teal Trunk or Treat Event I planned last Halloween (See I’m not a good blogger! I didn’t even post about that!) 3. Begin working with WV State Representatives to urge changes within WV law.
4. Get my CE (Continuing Education) program into full national realization. I already have a basic presentation finished (and have presented it at the local pharmacy school).

Happy New Year!

Please comment below with any suggestions for blog posts or if you have questions about the Teal (food free) Trunk or Treat.

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Author: Tiffany PharmD Food Allergy Pharmacist

I am the sister of a milk protein allergy individual and the mother of a son who has multiple food allergies. E is ANA with eggs but also severely allergic to soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. I also happen to have a Doctorate in Pharmacy with experience in various pharmacy settings. I have informally advocated and educated pharmacists/pharmacy techs about food allergies and how those allergies come into play in a pharmacy setting for years. I finally decided to make that advocacy formal.

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