Do You Know Your Pharmacist?
The two most important health care professionals you have are your doctor and your pharmacist. Most of your health care will come in the form of products and preparations from your local pharmacy. You know your doctor’s name, do you know the name of your pharmacist? Those who do are probably customers of an independently owned pharmacy, an overlooked resource for excellent health care.
A pharmacist in a “big box” store is often supervising the work of technicians. While this is an efficient means of dispensing medications, most patients do not interact with the pharmacist and are not able to readily access their knowledge and experience. In some chains, it is easier to get the retail manager to help you with a cold remedy than the pharmacist or pharmacist technician, and a customer would be fortunate if the pharmacy staff offered to check and make sure there were not any adverse reactions between the over the counter medicine and any prescription medications they are taking.
At Prescription’s Compounding Pharmacy, we are locally owned and operated. Running an independent pharmacy is challenging, but we got into the business to care for people, not just dispense medicine. As an independent pharmacy, we take on the added responsibility because we want to provide an extra measure of care from what a managing pharmacist in a large chain is able to provide.
As your pharmacist and community pharmacy, we like to know about you and your family. If you have a health question, you can call us because we care enough to listen. As an experienced health care provider we are familiar with a wide variety of helpful treatments for illnesses or injuries that may not merit a visit to a doctor. A good pharmacist can help with sprains and bruises, with splints and supports. Discuss unexpected fevers or unfamiliar rashes with your pharmacist and they will likely know exactly what to do.
We also do specialty work with compounding. A compounding pharmacist can customize the dosage or delivery method of medications for patients. Women needing hormone replacement therapy often benefit from carefully tailored dosages. Other services include counseling to find better medications for patients who look for a more effective remedy or seek a less expensive alternative to their prescription. Your community pharmacist is often a great resource for vitamins, minerals and herbal preparations.
To take full advantage of your pharmacist as a member of your health care team, visit and ask to meet with us. Talk with us about your health concerns. Pharmacists, like doctors, are bound to treat your personal health information with complete confidentiality.
It is one thing to have several doctors representing a number of specialties, but having many pharmacies can be risky, as drug interactions are a real danger. Having all your prescriptions with one pharmacy provides an extra measure of safety. Feel free to bring in your medications so we can review them. You’ll be glad to have this very important health care relationship, and you’ll be healthier, too.