RX  Imagine you have just taken your mother to an assisted living facility and have identified the 14 prescription vials stored in various places around her former home. Or, you have suddenly contracted a terrible cough that is preventing the sleep you so desperately need. What do you do? To whom do you turn?

Pharmacists stand ready to address these and many other issues.

A lot of attention has been directed to the growing volumes of prescriptions and the hassles of insurance coverage, causing pressures to mount in the community pharmacy. Nonetheless, consumers can turn to these pharmacists for more than they might realize.

Pharmacists are medication experts. In the simple act of filling a prescription, pharmacists check patients’ records to make sure that one prescription doesn’t duplicate another or interact badly. They ask questions to monitor whether side effects are occurring and to avoid giving medications to which patients may be allergic.

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