In today’s society Pharmacists continue to be some of the most accessible healthcare professionals.
Patients can walk into a pharmacy without an appointment and ask pertinent medication related questions, opinions on medications for symptom relief, and questions about healthcare/insurance decisions.
Below are some of the important issues to remember when utilizing your local pharmacy:
• Filling all of your prescriptions at one pharmacy allows for an increased continuity of care. (A Pharmacist with a complete medication record can assist patients with medical decisions. An incomplete profile can lead to mistakes/missed opportunities)
• Pharmacists are now trained to vaccinate patients.
• It is important to understand what your medications are for (not just when to take them). Spend time with your pharmacist when you receive a new prescription so that you can understand how the medication works and side-effects you should be aware of.
• Often people see different doctors for different diseases/problems. It is important to discuss with your pharmacist all of your medications and medical conditions to make sure your medications are all compatible.
• Pharmacists are on the frontline dealing with insurance companies and can be an important resource when deciphering between insurance plans. Always ask your pharmacist about medication costs when deciding between plans with high pharmacy deductibles and copay choices.
• Pharmacists are well versed about medication formularies and can often offer a suitable generic alternative to an expensive brand name medication. Before deciding not to fill a prescription medication because of the cost, ask the pharmacist if there is a generic alternative that would work for you.