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Are You Getting The Most From Your Pharmacist?

If you are not a licensed pharmaceutical professional, then it can be difficult to know what exactly you should expect from your local pharmacy. Many people do not realize that pharmacists must undertake a large amount of schooling and are highly knowledgeable in their field. These pharmaceutical professionals are more capable then many people think, and can do much more than just fill out your prescriptions. If you are unsure what to expect from your pharmacist, then this article can help you think about some different uses for your pharmacist to ensure you are getting the most value out of their service. Use these tips and tricks to make sure that you are asking the right questions and doing the right things in order to get the most from your pharmacist. 

Customer Service

First and foremost, pharmacists work in the customer service industry. This means that you can expect your local pharmaceutical workers to be able to communicate effectively with all people that they encounter on a daily basis. This means that they must be receptive to questions from clients, and have excellent interpersonal skills. This is not something that is necessarily taught in pharmaceutical schools, so when you find a pharmacist who truly excels in this field, then you can rest easy knowing that you have found a truly exceptional and desirable pharmacist. 

Cost 

If you are taking the medication regularly and do not have full medical coverage, then you know how quickly costs can add up over weeks, months, or even years. Depending on the type of drugs you take for your prescription, the cost can be very small to extremely large. If you are interested in exploring the difference in drugs for your prescription, then we recommend comparing prices using this reliable online resource. In Canada, there are laws that ensure that ‘generic’ manufacturers of drugs must use the same quality of ingredients and testing on their products as large brand drug companies do. This means that if you need an antihistamine, the only difference between a cheap ‘knock-off’ and actual Claritin is the name and packaging. If you are smart about asking for the right things from your pharmacist, then they will be able to help recommend cheap and effective prescription options. 

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Delivery

In the current social climate with people practicing social distancing and avoiding leaving the house, having a pharmacist that can offer delivery services can be an amazing asset to have. Many pharmacies already offer this service to regular customers at little to no cost. Some pharmacies give the option to pay a yearly fee and have unlimited deliveries for your one time cost. If you or a loved one requires regular repeats on their drug prescriptions and has issues with mobility or is unable to drive, then a delivery service will make your life much easier and help to remove many barriers. 

Quality

One thing that people take for granted from pharmacies is the fact that they are usually quality buildings with highly trained and capable staff on hand at all times. If you have ever been to a pharmacy that was located in a run-down building, was unsanitary, or had staff who did not really know what they were doing, then you know how difficult it can be to trust the quality of your prescription. Be sure to seek out a pharmacist who runs a tight ship and keeps things clean and organized. You can expect that someone who takes pride in their business and workplace will also take pride in providing you with high-quality products and services. 

Operating Hours

If you are someone who works strange hours on a regular basis, then you know how frustrating it can be to find a business that is open and available during the hour which you are available. Many pharmacists have strange hours that sometimes do not coincide with your work schedule, making it impossible to get your prescription filled. Do your best to find a pharmacist who can make things work with you and perhaps offer a pick-up service or home delivery. 

Hopefully, this article has been helpful and informative regarding the different ways that you can check to see if you are getting the most out of your pharmacist. It can be tricky to know all the different services that pharmacists offer if you do not require medical or regular prescriptions often. Pharmacists are highly capable of giving you suggestions, double-checking for complications or side effects, and providing high-quality advice and customer service. If you incorporate the strategies mentioned in this article, then you will be able to rest easy knowing that you have done everything possible to ensure that you are getting the most from your pharmacist. 

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