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17 Things You Didn’t Know Your Pharmacist Can Do

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11. Report possible fraud

Pharmacists are legally required to know the requirements for dispensing controlled substances in the state they practice. They can get in a lot of trouble if they knowingly dispense medications that are not used for a legitimate medical purpose.

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12. Offer advice on medicines for sale

Most of the drugs in pharmacies come from pharmaceutical companies in standardized doses and prepacked forms. Endless over-the-counter medications on shelves make it difficult for a person to make a decision about which product to buy. This is where pharmacists can help. Don’t make the decision alone; ask the pharmacist. They know about all of the drugs sold in the store and can offer advice on their purpose and safe use.

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13. Administer vaccines

Every flu season you probably see signs about flu vaccines being available at your local pharmacy. But pharmacists can administer other types of immunizations as well, including pneumococcal and meningococcal infections, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis.

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14. Help you manage your cholesterol

Pharmacists can help you monitor and manage several important health indicators, including cholesterol levels. A 2016 Canadian study showed advantages of pharmacists helping patients lower their LDL “bad” cholesterol levels. The patients who pharmacists helped were about twice as likely to achieve their LDL cholesterol goals compared to those instructed by their regular doctors.

15. Take your blood pressure

One of the very basic services pharmacists offer is taking your blood pressure. Depending on what the result is, pharmacists can help you decide whether you need to see a doctor. You don’t need an appointment, but you may have to wait a few minutes.