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Celebrating Pharmacists: A Core Part of Your Health Care Team
Date:10/1/2013

to help patients improve their health and get the most out of their medications:

  • Annual Medication check-ups to review all medications, including action plan, documentation and follow-up visits as necessary
  • Prescription medication education – purpose, interactions, side-effects, timing and dosing of your prescription medications
  • Advice on over-the-counter medication, herbal supplements, vitamins or minerals for your condition or lifestyle
  • Assistance filling out a personal medication record that includes all medications, immunizations and health care providers
  • Medication adherence reminders or counseling on ways to make it easier to take medications
  • Seasonal and life-span immunizations
  • Diabetes care guidance - continuous blood glucose monitoring, proper insulin injection technique, foot care and eye care
  • Health maintenance counseling and guidance - smoking cessation, asthma care, nutrition management, exercise and physical activity instruction, body mass index (BMI) screenings, skin care and dental care
  • Healthy heart management and counseling – blood pressure and cholesterol screenings

You should choose your pharmacist as carefully as you choose your doctor. Find a pharmacist that you are comfortable talking with, and one who takes the time to help you with your medications. Ultimately, you have the responsibility for managing your health care, but your pharmacist can help if you keep him or her up-to-date about your health and the medications you are taking. For this reason, it is important to use the same pharmacy for all of your prescription services, especially when seeing multiple health care providers. This ensures that your pharmacist has access to your complete medication history when checking for problems or possible interactions.

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