HuffPost: Things you didn't know pharmacists could help with

Pharmacists are there for patients to fill prescriptions and answer questions about medications, but they also can help patients in a number of additional ways.

Michael Hegener, PhD, Pharmacy

Michael Hegener, PharmD. Photo/University of Cincinnati.

Michael Hegener, PharmD, director of the Wuest Family Pharmacy Practice Skills Center and associate professor of pharmacy in the University of Cincinnati's James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, told HuffPost that beyond discussing possible side effects, pharmacists can help optimize medication schedules and plans for patients.

“[Pharmacists] are aware of the detailed differences among medications and have a working knowledge of disease processes, which enables them to recommend ideal therapies based on patient-specific factors,” he said.

Hegener said that depending on which state you live in, your pharmacist may also be able to dispense certain medications without a doctor's visit. 

Pharmacists nationwide can provide naloxone, the lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, without a prescription.

“Currently, every state permits pharmacists to do this via various mechanisms,” Hegener said. “In most, all a patient or caregiver needs to do is ask a pharmacist for it.”

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