Making a Difference
Like doctors and nurses, pharmacists are tasked with learning essential, life-saving information and skills. What chemicals comprise a medication? What are the side effects? Which medications interact with each other, and the list goes on.
Far more than medication distribution, a pharmacist is an invaluable resource. Just as the pharmacist needs to know how to read a prescription, he needs to be able to read his patient. The pharmacist is another line of defense in the protection of a patient’s health. He or she is truly a difference maker.
Here are just a few of the things they do:
1. Know the Product and Its Chemistry
Pharmacists must know the drugs and the chemical effects of each one. How does it affect the body? What will drugs do in combination? Are there dietary restrictions? Recently, quick use of such knowledge saved the life of a patient in need. Without the pharmacist’s attentiveness and impromptu action, this gentleman would have died.
2. Know the Patient
Pharmaceutical practice is a personalized one. Each patient has a unique story with complex history. So, it’s important for members of a patient’s medical team to be thorough in collecting data, in answering questions, and in asking for details.
With each new ailment, doctors collect information. Pharmacists ensure that new medications align properly with those a patient may already be taking. As resident go-to advisor, pharmacists are a crucial line of defense against improper chemical interactions, overdosing, and incorrect understanding of dosage instructions.
3. Never Clock Out
Like doctors, pharmacists are never really out of the office. Whether it’s a town event or in a line at the grocery store, a pharmacist must always be ready to answer questions from folks taking medication.
Often, pharmacists know information only specialists fully comprehend. Their medication knowledge combined with day to day interactions with patients, make them an excellent and trusted resource. Pharmacists can be lifesavers in every sense of the word, behind the counter or, sometimes, in front of it.
Pharmacists and their team make all the difference for patients confused by medical terminology or overwhelmed by doctor-speak. Local drugstores offer convenience as well as peace of mind for patients who seek advice and counsel about their health.
As a pharmacist, knowledge, kindness, and patience are key. After leaving the melee of a busy doctor’s office, patients take their prescriptions to where they are most comfortable, where they are treated well, and where answers to questions are available: Their local pharmacy.