March is Pharmacy Awareness Month.
When it comes to medication, pharmacists are THE leading expert on the subject. Did you know that there are more than 20,000 pharmaceutical products on the market in Canada? Without necessarily knowing them all, your pharmacist can find up-to-date information on each of them.
Pharmacists are also accessible healthcare professionals and are always available to listen. Here are just a few ways in which they make your life – and that of your loved ones – easier.
To get the most out of your medication, talk to your pharmacist!
Do you have questions about the potential effects of a drug? Are you wondering whether or not you’re taking the correct dosage at the right time? Are you experiencing unwanted side effects that you’d like to minimize?
These are just some of the questions pharmacists can answer through a drug review. A drug review is a private consultation with your pharmacist during which your overall drug regimen is examined to ensure that your treatment is optimal for you.
Pharmacists also provide services to help clients take their medication regularly and correctly. For example:
- You can ask your pharmacist to use large print on your prescription labels to make them more legible.
- If you have difficulty swallowing pills, your pharmacist can make useful suggestions.
- Pill dispensers and the DispillTM system are other solutions that can help you take your medication properly.
- Home delivery of prescription medications is also available.
In addition, pharmacists help their clients monitor their chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol. Some pharmacies even offer pregnancy testing, vaccines and consultations with a nurse.
Pharmacists collect expired medications and ensure their safe disposal in a way that protects the environment. Last, but not least, many pharmacies help you save time by allowing you, a loved one or a caregiver the possibility of renewing prescriptions over the phone.
For all health-related questions, your pharmacist is a valuable ally! Just call or drop by your pharmacy!
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