A pharmacy is more than just a place to go and have your prescriptions filled. From the pharmacists to the pharmacy techs, the pharmacy team can provide you with so much more. Make sure you are getting the most out of your pharmacy-customer relationship.
1. Medication Flagging
Medications are awesome at helping people reach their health goals, but it's important to understand that not all medications pair well together. If you happen to visit a physician that is not your normal provider and you do not provide them with your complete list of current medications, and they provide you with a new medication, your pharmacist can help ensure you're safe.
If you visit the same pharmacy or pharmacy chain, they will have a list of your active medications. In the event the newly prescribed medication will interact with another medicine, the pharmacy can flag the prescription and provide you and the physician with the information so that the necessary adjustments can be made.
2. Soft Diagnosis
Your physician is the first person you should look to when you have a medical issue that you are concerned with. However, a pharmacist might be able to lead you in the right direction. Take a common concern like sinus congestion or a cold, for instance.
A pharmacist can listen to your list of symptoms, ask you about any preexisting health conditions, and examine your current medications to tell you what type of over-the-counter medicine you can take to help you get some relief. This sort of soft diagnosis is helpful at night or on the weekend when your doctor's office is closed, but your concern isn't necessarily urgent-care worthy.
3. Immunization Administering
Depending on the state you live in, the pharmacy team might also be authorized to administer immunizations, such as the flu vaccine. At many of these locations you don't need an appointment, you can simply walk right in, and given the fact that pharmacy hours are typically longer than doctor's office hours, the schedule is more convenient.
Additionally, since the pharmacy is already partnered with your insurance company for medication administering, they can often also file with your insurance company for your immunization administering, which saves you money and hassle. Keep in mind, the laws vary greatly when it comes to children, in that some states don't allow children under a certain age to receive immunizations at pharmacies.
The next time you visit a pharmacy, don't forget all the ways this team of professionals can help you focus on your health.
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