Updated: Jul 16, 2021
The Role of the Pharmacist...in Community Pharmacies
Pharmacists are usually the first line of contact in our healthcare system and are considered the drug experts within the healthcare team.
Within our communities patients usually present him or herself to the pharmacist seeking medical attention because of the ease of accessibility.
Pharmacists are patient-oriented professionals always ready to assist in providing the best information necessary to ensure our patients are educated on their medications so that they can utilize them in the most optimal way.
Here are some questions you can ask your pharmacist to ensure that you utilize our expertise:
What is the name of my medication both brand and generic name
What is it supposed to do?
How should I use this medication?
What should I do if I miss a dose?
How long should I be on this medication?
Do I have refills?
Are there certain foods I should avoid or activities to be done?
How should they b.e stored?
What are the expected side effects?
What is the best time of day to take it or should it be taken on an empty or full stomach?
You should always be honest with your pharmacist and let them know
1. If the information discussed is unclear.
2. If there are any side effects you are experiencing with your medications.
3. If you are not being compliant with your medications.
4. If you have difficulty in purchasing your meds let us know we may be able to consult with your physician and provide options.
Your pharmacist can potentially help you avoid life threatening drug interactions and serious side effects by being honest about your medication.
We are the professionals that can help you manage chronic conditions by educating each patient on lifestyle changes and proper use of their medications.
During this pandemic pharmacists have now taken additional responsibilities since many patients cannot access public healthcare as easily as before so it has now become a more significant part of our day to day interactions with our patients to heighten our counselling and monitoring of our patients.
An excellent example would be the challenges with refilling of prescriptions where patients are not able to see their physician. This can be detrimental to a patient and cause significant damage to the individual.
It's time to get to know your pharmacist and understand their role in your community.
We are always willing to assist…we look forward to working with you in order to be the best you can be…physically as well as mentally.
As the saying goes …YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH.
Sherolyn Maharaj, Rph, is a Registered Pharmacist. She is also a volunteer advisor on pharmacy issues at Virtual Wellness.
Sherolyn can be contacted at +1 868-358-3521
Learn more: https://www.virtualwellnesstt.com/pharmacy
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.