October marks the start of American Pharmacists Month (APhM), an annual celebration of the amazing support provided to us by pharmacists on a regular basis. In the presence of COVID-19, APhM takes on a special meaning as an opportunity to also reflect on the brave efforts made by many pharmacists throughout the nation.
As frontline community health providers, pharmacists have stepped up to not only make sure our medications remain available but to also ensure that our questions are answered in a particularly uncertain time.
Did you know that 91% of Americans live within five miles of a community pharmacy? Each of these pharmacies is home to trained clinicians who are eager to help you stay safe and reach your health goals. Let’s see how!
By showing you how to properly take your medication, and explaining any potential drug or food interactions, pharmacists can help maximize the benefit and minimize the risk of your prescription. A pharmacist can also act as your personal health advocate, catching potential prescription errors and communicating with your doctor to correct them.
Beyond medications, pharmacists can also provide guidance and administer vaccines for preventable diseases, such as the flu, pneumonia, shingles, and HPV. Did you know that 1 in 4 adults get their flu shot at their local community pharmacy?
Pharmacists are medication experts, but they also are experts on how to live healthier lives. Your pharmacist can help you prevent or manage diabetes by offering tips for physical activity, diet, and other simple steps.
Unlike prescription or over-the-counter medications, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not automatically regulate supplements. Pharmacists can ensure you choose supplements that are not only made by a reputable manufacturer, but they can teach you how your supplements, medications, and food may interact.
Ready to quit smoking? Pharmacists can help. From recommending cessation medications, providing medication management, or referring outside counseling and educational resources, pharmacists can be an effective and helpful partner in your efforts to quit smoking.
Want to learn more about how pharmacists can help you? Reach out to your local community pharmacist and schedule time to have a one-on-one conversation to ensure you are using your medications safely, and taking advantage of the various clinical services that can improve your overall health and quality of life. As the American Pharmacist Association likes to say, a short conversation can make a big difference!
Not sure where your closest community pharmacy is located? No problem – just visit www.prescribewellness.com, enter your zip code, and we’ll show you! It’s that easy!