Pro­vid­ing more health­care than you know: Ask a phar­ma­cist

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In a cre­ative ini­tia­tive for 2013, the Cana­dian Phar­ma­cists’ As­so­ci­a­tion will be launch­ing a month-long cam­paign this March to raise aware­ness about the key role phar­ma­cists play in health­care. Some smaller or­ga­ni­za­tions and busi­nesses will be tran­si­tion­ing into the month-long event in 2014; for them, the aware­ness cam­paign will pro­ceed as Phar­ma­cist Aware­ness Week, from March 3 to 9.

With the theme “Pro­vid­ing more health­care than you know: Ask a phar­ma­cist”, the event high­lights the need for pa­tients to keep a close con­nec­tion with their phar­ma­cists. Even if they are not pre­cisely on the front lines of med­i­cal care, th­ese pro­fes­sion­als are in­te­gral play­ers in the health and well­ness of Cana­di­ans. In fact, a re­cent Gallup poll shows that peo­ple rate phar­ma­cists among the most trusted pro­fes­sion­als, a con­sis­tent top-three choice along with nurses and physi­cians.

Nova Sco­tia phar­ma­cist Karen Fraser, of Amherst’s Cum­ber­land Re­gional Health Care Cen­tre, has devel­oped a sys­tem that will help phar­ma­cists give the best care pos­si­ble to their clients. Fraser ex­plains, “I think peo­ple ev­ery­where should be re­minded of how im­por­tant it is to be their own best ad­vo­cate for their med­i­ca­tion regime.” Ask­ing your phar­ma­cist ques­tions and shar­ing up­dated in­for­ma­tion can be fa­cil­i­tated with Fraser’s A.W.A.R.E. sys­tem: sk your phar­ma­cist about your med­i­ca­tions.

with your phar­ma­cist to keep your med­i­ca­tion records cur­rent. lways keep this list up­dated if some­thing changes in your reg­i­men. eport to your phar­ma­cist when doses are changed in hospi­tal. ducate your­self on what you are tak­ing and why.

To take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your health means ask­ing your phar­ma­cist about

your med­i­ca­tions.

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