Doctors have a tendency to prescribe medications for which they have free samples to give to patients, according to several previous studies. Would doctors similarly prescribe medications that patients could get for free at Wegmans?
Thats what a group of Upstate emergency medicine researchers wondered as they compared data provided by Wegmans for its pharmacies in Onondaga County. The grocery chain headquartered in Rochester offered nine generic oral antibiotics for free starting in 2009. So researchers lead by Jeremy Joslin, MD, compared 214,892 antibiotic prescriptions from the first six months of 2008 with 221,480 from the first half of 2009.
Members of the Department of Emergency Medicine volunteered to assist the Emmaus Ministry to deliver breakfast on Thanksgiving morning to the homeless men at the Oxford Inn in Syracuse. They served over 80 men donuts, juice, and coffee. Reaching out to serve our neighbors in our community.