Patients, please be advised our office will be closed due to the inclement weather on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Please continue to check our website for updates on delays or closings for the rest of the week.
The National Weather Service has indicated :
…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 7 PM EST
* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow
accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of up to
one-tenth of an inch expected.
* WHERE…Portions of The District of Columbia, central Maryland
and central, northern and northwest Virginia.
* WHEN…From 1 AM to 7 PM EST Wednesday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. The
hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
Due to the inclement weather, the office will open at 9am today, February 11th. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes but see the safety of our patients and staff a top priority. Thank you.
Allergy Shot Notice
ATTENTION: Herndon Family Medicine will no longer give allergy shots effective 4-1-19. Please make arrangements with your allergist.
Attention Federal Government Employees and Contract Employees:
Herndon Family Medicine is working with patients who are experiencing hardships as a result of the federal government shutdown. If you are impacted by the shutdown please let us know by phone or portal message.
New Patient Advocate
Introducing our Patient Advocate – A New Benefit for You and Your Family
Our Patient advocate is here to work with you to help navigate the confusing and murky waters of healthcare, from insurance, to overall office experience, and much more. We know you can go anywhere to receive care, but we want you to know that we, at Herndon Family Medicine are constantly striving to deliver you with the best care possible. Marthy is here so that your voice in your care is always heard.
FDA Issues Recall for Blood Pressure Medication due to Cancer Risk
SILVER SPRING, Md. – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for several drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure due to the risk of cancer.
The FDA announced the voluntary recall of several drugs containing the active ingredient valsartan. The FDA said the recall was due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the products and is classified as a probable human carcinogen
The following are products listed in the recall, according to the FDA:
• Valsartan from Major Pharmaceuticals
• Valsartan from Solco Healthcare
• Valsartan from Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
• Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) from Solco Healthcare
• Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) from Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
The FDA points out that not all products containing valsartan are being recalled. Officials note that because valsartan is used in medicines to treat serious medical conditions such as heart problems, patients who take the recalled medicines should continue taking them until they have a replacement.
To determine if you’re medication has been recalled, look at the drug name and company name on the label of your prescription bottle. If you can’t find the information on the bottle, you should contact your pharmacy.
If your medicine is listed in the recall, you should contact your pharmacy or doctor to discuss treatment.
We are pleased to announce that we are using a new refill service that should improve our prescription refill request process.
This process interfaces with our local and mail order pharmacy providers. In order to take advantage of this new service please note the following:
Please call your pharmacy when you need a refill.
If no refills are left on your prescription, you are likely due for an office visit or your annual physical exam. If this is the case, please call the office to schedule an appointment.
Depending on your health issues, this may be at 6 or 12 month intervals (sometimes shorter).