What Pharmacists Can Do To Improve Health Care

Pharmacists are one of the most easily accessible healthcare professionals, with 90% of the population living within two miles of a pharmacy.  Pharmacists not only dispense medication, but also evaluate for drug interactions, educate about adverse drug reactions, immunize both adults and children (with a prescription) and provide Medication Therapy Management (MTM).   Take a look at what pharmacists can do…

Pharmacists can recognize untreated health problems and potential medication related problems.

Pharmacists can advise and counsel patients on their medications.

Pharmacists can educate the community on substance use disorder and treatment and help prevent opioid abuse.

Pharmacists can provide information about naloxone and dispense naloxone without a prescription.

Pharmacists can recommend alternatives for pain management and support the health care team on pain management and opioid use.

Pharmacists are a vital source of information and administration for immunization in our communities.

Pharmacists can be found in many patient care settings, including critical care, emergency room, physician offices, nursing homes, community pharmacies, harm reduction programs and governor organizations (e.g., FDA, DEA).

Pharmacists work HAND IN HAND with prescribers and other members of the healthcare team to ensure safe and effective treatment options for each patient.  Pharmacists are an excellent and readily available resource that is easily accessible to patients.