PHARMACISTS ARE NOT PATENT DRUG DEALERS:
Pharmacists are the custodian of drugs and have the license to not just dispense drugs, but also compound the same for patients when need be and give counsel on what to avoid while taking medications. The pharmacist does the job of helping patients cut off their bad medication behavioural habits.
COMMUNITY PHARMACISTS HAVE MULTI-FACETED ROLES:
Pharmacists are tasked with providing basic medical checkups such as blood pressure measurement, sugar level measurement, and other first aid services. Pharmacists in this field are closer to the patients and, therefore, understand better their needs. The pharmacists make sure the drugs being sold are in the right storage conditions to ensure their efficacy.
PHARMACISTS COMPLEMENT DOCTORS:
When you take prescriptions from the doctor to the pharmacist, it is the job of the pharmacist to decode and verify the authenticity of the prescription brought to him/her. If it is truly from the doctor, the pharmacist goes ahead to check for interactions (drug-drug, drug-food) between the medications written. By doing this, the risk of any adverse side effects that may harm the health of the patient is avoided. He/she goes ahead to check the dosage as well to avoid drug overdose. If any error is detected, it is within the pharmacist’s power to call the doctor for an enquiry or provide a recommendation.
PHARMACISTS CUT YOUR SPENDING VOLUME:
As earlier said, pharmacists are the custodian of drugs and they best know their brands as well. In situations where a drug brand is not affordable, the pharmacist can help you with a less expensive brand of the same active component to get the job done. They can also help with other cost-saving tips to help reduce the cost of drugs.
PHARMACISTS WORK IN VARIOUS HEALTH SECTORS:
Pharmacists work in governmental bodies, the military, public health, research and pharmaceutical industries. Pharmacists have a major role in healthcare delivery and are needed in almost every health-related organization.
Written by ADESHOLA OLAMIDE for PharmahubNG