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Re: How well informed do you think your pharmacist is?

Posted by ChrisK on December 21, 1999, at 4:35:11

In reply to How well informed do you think your pharmacist is?, posted by Abby on December 20, 1999, at 21:40:00

I have two pharmacists who are both good in their own way. The first grew up next door to me and is the same age as me (36). He knows my family history and when I ask him questions about the combos that I have taken he is quite knowledgable. The one area he was lax in was the herbal supplements and remedies I was taking when I had some liver problems. He definitely comes from the school of trusting manufactured drugs over herbals.

My current pharmacist always researches anything new that I try. The last time when I was put on Zyprexa he hadn't had much experience with it but did his own research in order to answer any questions (I found this out later). When I see him in the store for other reasons he always asks about any side effects I may be having without specifically mentioning the meds I am taking. I've never been around when he verbalized any med that anybody was having filled. He is very good about confidentiality.

Of course, with that said I happened to luck out with these two. One knows me from the time I was 5 and the other just happened to be at the one drug store closest to my house.

Unfortunately in some areas there still is the stigma of taking antidepressants and I would hope that any pharmacist would be discreet about talking about your meds in front of other customers. It may not be his stereotype as much as the people around you at the time.




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