It is required by the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists that the pharmacist must be aware of all relevant information when filling a prescription. This includes knowing the indication, or why that medication is being taken, other medical conditions, medications, non-medication therapies, allergies, your physical characteristics like height and weight, blood work results, and even family history. Pharmacists are required to have this information to determine if the prescription is safe and appropriate.
Pharmacists take into consideration many things when filling a prescription, including if the medication prescribed is the most appropriate, if there are interactions with other medications or medical conditions, and if it’s the correct dose or duration of therapy. Knowing what a prescription is for allows the pharmacist to properly check that prescription. It also helps the pharmacist make recommendations to your physician if the prescription needs to be changed, or to offer additional care for your condition.
Lastly, it is very important that your pharmacy file is up to date regarding allergies and medical conditions, in case you are ever in an emergency situation since the hospital calls your pharmacy for your health information.