October 15-21 is National Pharmacy Week when we recognize the incredible work of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Whether in the retail setting or the hospital, you can count on the pharmacy to deliver safe and effective medication therapy.
Pharmacists are very accessible, well equipped to provide expert medication advice. In addition to the community setting, you may encounter a pharmacist at the doctor’s office, in the hospital, or even on the telephone!
Pharmacy technicians carry out the tasks set forth by the pharmacist, and they never stop moving! They triage phone calls, prepare prescriptions and orders, re-stock the inventory and dispense medications. The pharmacy would not function without its technicians.
Did You Know?
Community pharmacists are available to answer questions you may have for both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. These includes vitamins, natural supplements and herbal products which may affect other medications you take.
Skip the office visit, and head to the pharmacy for your next vaccine! Pharmacists give flu shots, travel vaccines, and more. What about refill requests? Your local pharmacist can keep you on track with your maintenance medications.
Concerned about your blood pressure? Just ask! Most pharmacies keep a blood pressure machine right behind the counter. The pharmacist can check your blood pressure and discuss your results with you.
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are diligently caring for you in the hospital, even when you do not physically see them. They are responsible for:
- Reviewing your mediciations to keep your safe and get you better
- Providing drug expertise and education
- Delivering the appropraite medications at the right time
- Dosing medications appropriately
- Helping manage drug costs
Questions about affording your medication? Your pharmacist or pharmacy technician can also help you determine if there are other alternatives.
Remember, if you have any questions about your medications, pharmacists are here to help!