Have you ever wondered what your pharmacist is doing behind the counter while you wait for your prescription to be filled?
For each prescription, your pharmacist performs a number of activities to ensure that the medication you have been prescribed is actually appropriate for you.
Once your prescription is received, the pharmacist carefully performs the following checks:
- drug, dosage, quantity, and directions for use are all correct
- prescription doesn't duplicate any of your current therapy
- serious drug interactions won't occur between your new prescription and existing medications or medical conditions
- medication is one that you won't be allergic to
If information is missing from your prescription, or there are any other issues with it, your pharmacist may discuss these with you, or choose to contact your physician, or both. Once your medication is packaged and almost ready to go, your pharmacist performs one final check.
By comparing your prescription label with your doctor's original prescription and by checking the contents of the prescription vial or container, your pharmacist will ensure that you receive the right medication.
When you pick up your prescription, in order to help you get the most from your medication, we will provide counselling on the following:
- what your medication has been prescribed for
- how and when you should take it
- how long you should take it for
- how you will know if your medication is working and what to do if your medication is not working
- possible side effects and what you should do if you experience any
- how you should store your medication
- additional information about your medical condition
If you have any questions regarding your health, your pharmacist is often the first, and most accessible, health care professional you can visit in your community. Not only are pharmacists medication experts, but they are also knowledgeable in the areas of disease prevention, nutrition, fitness, and general health and wellness. They can work with you to help you achieve your unique long-term health and lifestyle goals.