Pharmacies continue to provide the prescription filling services that the public is well aware of. When you have a prescription filled, your pharmacy team will maintain an accurate record of all of the details of your prescription, and ensure you are receiving the correct product, dose and directions before billing it to your insurance plan. This includes reviewing any potential drug interactions, your medical conditions and your allergies. Pharmacists will also provide you with education and information about your prescription.
Pharmacists are authorized to modify prescriptions, assess and prescribe medications in many situations.
Prescription Renewals: If appropriate, the pharmacist can provide up to 90 days’ worth of your medication.
Note: Some exceptions apply. Pharmacists cannot write prescriptions for narcotics or controlled drugs.
Minor or Common Ailments: Currently there are many conditions for which your pharmacist can assess to determine if you would benefit from a prescription drug including:
• Allergies• Menstrual Cramps• Calluses and Corns• Mild Acne • Cold Sores• Mild Bites• Stings and Hives • Skin Conditions Due to Allergic Reactions• Mild Headaches• Coughs • Mild to Moderate Eczema• Dandruff• Minor Muscle and Joint Pain • Dry Eyes• Minor Sleep Disorders• Hemorrhoids• Nausea• Impetigo • Non-Infectious Diarrhea• Indigestion/Heart Burn• Oral Ulcers • Nasal Congestion and Sore Throats • Skin Fungal Infections Such As Athlete’s Foot• Oral Thrush • Threadworms and Pinworms • Yeast Infections• Warts
Therapeutic Substitution: If there is a medication that is in the same family of drugs as the one you take, but is less expensive, or less likely to cause a side effect, your pharmacist may be able to change your prescription.
Prescription Adaptation: Your pharmacist may be able to modify the dose, length of treatment and directions of your prescription to ensure you have the most effective treatment.
Consultation Based Services
If you are taking multiple medications for chronic conditions, a pharmacist will go over all of the medications that you take. This will include any natural products and non-prescription medications you take. You can discuss why you are taking each medication and what you hope to achieve from taking the medication. It is also important to learn what side effects the medication may be causing and how you can minimize them. The pharmacist will also be thinking about possible drug interactions and conflicts with your other medical conditions as they review each medication with you.
Health Care Management Programs
Your pharmacist may call it a Care Plan or use other terms. The names of these programs may vary by pharmacy. Most pharmacies will offer services to help you manage your ongoing medical conditions. It may be recommended for those who want more support to manage their chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung conditions and others.
Services may include:
• Health Coaching
• Smoking Cessation - Pharmacists are authorized to prescribe all medications and nicotine replacement treatments available to help you quit smoking. Many pharmacies offer programs that can provide you with support to quit smoking.
• Screening and Prevention of Disease
• Programs for menopause, osteoporosis, pain management and more.
Pharmacists who have obtained their injection certification and permit are able to inject some vaccines and other products to patients that are five years and older.
Vaccines include products for the prevention of flu (influenza), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chicken pox (varicella), shingles (herpes zoster), human papilloma virus (HPV), meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease, and typhoid fever. Other non-vaccine injections include Vitamin B12