Are Pharmacies becoming as effective as doctor’s visits?

A good deal of money is spent every year on trips to the ER and hospital stays for patients who are not on track with taking their medications properly in the correct dosages and at the right times.  Could this expense be eliminated?  I’m sure insurance companies and doctors are on board with finding a solution to this issue.

There does seem to be one solution on the horizon.  Some chain pharmacies like Walgreens, the Medicine Shoppe and Kroger are working together with their customers (and these patients’ physicians and nurses and physicians’ assistants) to make certain that they take the proper dosages of medicines at the correct times; along with learning how to create a good daily environment for dealing with chronic illnesses and making choices that lead to a better healthier lifestyle.

The flip side to this issue is that some patients may begin to think that they can supplement this advice from their pharmacist and not go to their own physicians for medical visits and advice.  Sometimes visits to the ER can leave patients uncertain about what they need to do for follow up care and what medicines to take.  It’s great for patients to discuss these medicines with their pharmacist; however, to create that healthy balance between knowledge and ignorance when it comes to personal health and well-being, patients need to seek counsel from their physicians first and foremost.  This issue is further discussed in the following article, Pharmacists Take Larger Role on Health Team

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