Pharmacists: Medication Experts and Much More

Helping smokers quit. Managing diabetics’ blood sugar. Leading flu clinics. Pharmacists do that. They provide these and other services on top of the prescription drug dispensing and counseling for which they are most commonly known.

October is American Pharmacists Month. It’s a time to take a fresh look at everything pharmacists do today. And to consider the gaps in U.S. health care that pharmacists can help bridge in the future.

Congress’ only pharmacist, Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter, said it well when he recently took to the House floor.

“Pharmacists work every day to ensure that patients’ prescription drugs are accurate, safe and effective. We provide education to customers on possible treatments and we are trusted and knowledgeable health care providers in our communities,” Carter said. “As pharmacists we all have the common goal to assist in providing quality and affordable health care. We ensure that pain is managed, headaches are relieved and hearts stay healthy.”

Earlier this month nearly 1,000 pharmacists took to Twitter for a #pharmacist tweet-a-thon. They were from all different practice settings, from charity clinics to independent pharmacies to chain drug stores to hospitals. Yet their stories expressed a common theme: pharmacists improve health outcomes and can help save lives.

These 10 messages are representative of the more than 6,000 tweets posted that day.

·       ‏Our #pharmacist taught her first diabetic education class yesterday evening. A much needed service! – @BrashearsRx

·       ‏Working on several drug shortages and providing alternative recommendations to nurses and physicians #Pharmacist – @carenovatemag

·       In a charitable pharmacy setting, I’ve helped uninsured patients access valuable smoking cessation products to help them quit #pharmacist – ‏@co_rtneymarie

·       We recently helped a diabetes patient adjust her insulin pump settings to get better control of her blood sugar! #PHARMACIST – ‏@ValuMedPharmacy

·       Our #pharmacist is always helping our under-served patients with their medication needs! – ‏@OzanamPharmacy

·       We helped a patient control her blood sugar levels with ALAmax CR, and eliminate the need for diabetes medications! #Pharmacist – @CreativeCareRx

·       We helped a patient this week who had difficulty swallowing pills by compounding something specific to her needs! #Pharmacist – ‏@LassiterDrug

·       ‏We help patients save money on generic medications by offering a prescription discount card program. #PHARMACIST – @DalesPharmacy

·       Prevented a medication error from taking place #Pharmacist – ‏@RitaAmigdalos

·       Scheduled a new flu clinic today for a new industrial customer #Pharmacist – ‏@rkmPharmD

Mr. Hoey – CEO of the National Community Pharmacists Association.

At East Hills Family Pharmacy, we can do all of that and more.

Visit us today at 1111 Scalp Avenue (Next to Em’s Subs) in Richland or call the Pharmacy at (814) 266-9602.

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