March 01, 2020
More than 65% of Canadians and Americans over the age of 40 take one or more prescription medication. More than 18% take five or more. (CDC 2019) Taking multiple medications makes your medication management more intricate and puts you at a greater risk of complications.
Despite the risks, you might be surprised to find that your doctor may not always know all the medications you are on. If you have more than one healthcare provider who writes your prescriptions, for example a primary care provider and a cardiologist, you might assume that they share your health information. But that’s not always the case. Today’s electronic charting systems do make health information more available from office to office, but your doctors may use different systems that don’t share data.
So how do you know that your medication regime is safe? Because your pharmacist is on your side.
You may be used to seeing them behind the counter, preparing pills, but your pharmacist does so much more than dispense drugs.
Here are five reasons you need to know your pharmacist better:
Your pharmacist is one of the most knowledgeable healthcare providers you interact with and a valuable source of information and support. If you fill prescriptions monthly, you probably also see your pharmacist more than you do other healthcare providers. Next time you have a question about a prescription or related health issue, reach out to your pharmacist. They’re happy to help.