How do you choose a pharmacist?
You have to take three main elements into account when choosing your pharmacy:
- Opening hours and proximity: for example, choose a pharmacy that is located near your home or on the way to work.
- The quality of services provided by your pharmacist.
- Your “chemistry” with your pharmacist: choose a pharmacist with whom you feel comfortable discussing your lifestyle and your health.
Your relationship with your pharmacist is above all based on trust. Once this relation is established, we recommend having all your prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy: this way, your pharmacist will be able to do a better follow-up on the progress of your drug therapy.
Tip # 5The importance of having your own pharmacist
Your pharmacist is the only health professional who has your entire medical record, which is why it’s important to always see the same pharmacist.
When loyalty rhymes with healthy
Picking a pharmacist and staying with him is a predictor of health and safety: people often consult several different doctors, who are not always aware of what drugs or treatments have been prescribed by their colleagues. It’s possible that one doctor will prescribe a medication that will counteract the effect of another medication you’re already taking…
Fortunately, your pharmacist is on the case. Whenever you bring a prescription to your pharmacist, he enters it into your computerized patient file, performs the necessary verifications and drafts pharmaceutical opinions, if necessary.
The case of Dr. Dupont
You’ve just given a prescription to your pharmacist, who views your file on the computer and asks you: “Did Dr. Dupont tell you to stop taking the green pills?”
You answer: “No! He didn’t say anything. Dr. Smith prescribed them to me.”
Your pharmacist then calls Dr. Dupont, and tells him that the new pills will be less effective if taken at the same time as the green pills. He advises the doctor to stop prescribing the green pills and replace them with another drug. The doctor supports the pharmacist’s recommendation, which is based on scientific data. After this discussion, Dr. Dupont changes your prescription.
Your pharmacist offered what is called a pharmaceutical opinion: an intervention to modify or discontinue a treatment.
The Régie de l’assurance maladie and some private plans cover this service because they recognize its therapeutic and economic value. Not only are you more effectively treated, but the pharmacist also protects the system from the unnecessary health costs associated with the adverse effects of medication.
Tip # 6 Tell us everythingTo avoid adverse effects on the medication that you are taking, your pharmacist should have all the information on hand. Don’t hesitate to consult him:
- Before purchasing over-the-counter drugs;
- When you purchase products at another pharmacy;
- When you purchase products from a natural products retailer.