National Take Back Initiative Collection 2016

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The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a day where your old medications can be safely disposed at a participating collection site. It is safer and more responsible to dispose prescription medications at a collection site than simply throwing it away in the trash.

When medications are thrown away in the trash, it may be abused. Come to one of these collection site and properly dispose your medications on Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm:

Fresno Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fresno Drug Enforcement Administration
Drop off at the Lobby
2500 Tulare St
Fresno, CA 93721
Fresno’s County Sheriff Office
Drop off at Office Headquarters
2200 Fresno St
Fresno, CA 93717
Clovis Police Department
Drop off at the Lobby
1233 5th St
Clovis, CA 93612
Garden Grove Saturday, October 22, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Garden Grove Police Department
Drop off at the Lobby
11301 Acacia Parkway
Garden Grove, CA 92842
Santa Ana Police Department
Drop off at Westend Office Lobby
3750 West McFadden Ave Unit 1
Santa Ana, CA 92704
City of Orange Police Department
Drop off at City Hall Parking Lot
360 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866
Anaheim Police Department
Drop off at Kaiser Permanente
3460 E La Palma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
Westminster Police Department
Drop off at City Hall Parking Lot
8200 Westminster Blvd
Westminster, CA 92683

Project Vietnam Foundation Gala

This past weekend, Jimmy had the opportunity to attend the Project Vietnam Gala, a wonderful organization based in the Orange County area. They support medical missions to Vietnam in the Spring and Summer. Jimmy has been fortunate enough to attend the spring missions the past two years and continue to support them whenever he can.

This year’s fundraiser was a bit different. We were able to sponsor our coordinator Tina from Vietnam over. She works very hard to get the hundreds of volunteers, medical supplies, logistics, all the ground work year after year for the organization. We finally got a chance to show our appreciation. She finally got to see what we look like without the sweaty scrubs, dirty finger nails, and exhaustion that we endure in a medical mission. Or in particular, what air conditioning feels like in the USA. Below is a picture of some of the volunteers from previous missions in our best red carpet poses.

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Please do not hesitate to look up Project Vietnam if you are interested in donating or volunteering for future missions. If you would like more information personally, you can always drop by my pharmacy so I can reminisce about the experience and try to sell you on the grueling but rewarding work involved with it!

 

Soft Opening

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First day, first shift, first patient!

From Fresno to Orange County, Modern Drug is expanding.

David Pham has always been a part of our family, but now we can officially announce that he will be helping us at our Garden Grove location. Together, Jimmy and David will cater services directly to you and work to become your go to pharmacy.

Modern Drug
10672 Chapman Ave Ste 5
Garden Grove, CA 92840
714-867-6502

Hours: Monday – Friday
9am-6pm

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PVNF Medical Mission- March 3-13, 2016

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”

When friends and family ask me why Jimmy return for a second time to Vietnam, he doesn’t think they’d understand. A second round in sweltering heat, intermittent electricity, lack of toiletries, and many other inconveniences that we take for granted. It’s a matter of gaining perspective, a moment for internal reflection, a chance to harness the calm in the storm and see the world in a different light.

DSC_2875We see a world where healthcare is a privilege. Where children less than 12 years old travel kilometers on bike or foot just to receive basic primary care. These kids would travel through dirt roads, ditches sewn with trash, sweltering heat of 90 degrees in jungle humidity in their best outfits just for a simple cough, malnutrition, or a warm embrace. They come with a smile on their face, happy to see healthcare finally reach their remote villages.

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When Jimmy had a moment to sit down and talk to some of the kids, he came to realize how versatile dreams differ. As Jimmy was telling a fellow colleague on the trip (Jenny), in the US, we dream of the stars and shoot for the moon. These kids just dream of waking up and walking step by step on the dirt in front of them. Our young aspire to be doctors, nurses, rocket scientists, etc. While they dream just of hard lives on the rice farms, selling coconuts and fruits, or just waking up the next day. We don’t know how to inspire them to greatness. We hope that one day, one of these kids aspire to shoot for the stars and reach it. Then we could finally say, in this meager world we made a difference.

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The children are very smart. They are some of the hardest working people Jimmy met. They hustle and are eager to learn western processes. They are willing to grind out a day of work in the heat, and won’t take lunch until the rest of the team does. I had the privilege of working with 5 of Can Tho’s University of Medicine and Pharmacy students. They were eager to learn and we were eager to teach. We showed them patient education/consultation. After one afternoon, they were able to deliver that on their own. We introduced them to workflow and they jumped right in the mix of it. We asked them to complete task A, B, C, and they executed without one complaint. We were able to learn from our mistakes from the previous year. We were able to execute a process and teach future VN pharmacists that will hopefully carry the torch towards VN’s future.

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Project Vietnam Foundation (PVNF) brought a team of 5 pharmacists this year. By the second day, we were comfortable considering the Can Tho students as fellow colleagues and nearly doubling our staff. They helped with consultations and translations. They filled and verified under our supervision. We were able to implement a secondary pediatric pharmacy with their help. I’d like to give a shout out to our team that made life so much easier this year. Cheers to Thuong, Jenny Thai, Anh-Thu, Jim Notaro, Doug, Phuoc (?), Hao, Hong Mai, and her fellow Can Tho students for their contributions.

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For more information on the medical mission. Please visit http://www.projectvietnam.org