March is Pharmacist Awareness Month

March is Pharmacist Awareness Month

This year the Canadian Pharmacists Association is focusing on the public taking a ‘rethink’ of the role of the pharmacist and the impact they have on health care.

There are over 41,000 pharmacists in Canada. They are the most accessible health professionals available to you. From medication interactions to the correct dosage being used and the need for a medication to be prescribed – pharmacists manage all your medication needs. In many cases, pharmacists suggest the discontinuation of a medication that is not providing benefit just as they suggest medications to help treat a problem that is not being managed. The integration of natural products with prescription medications is often challenging and pharmacists can advise on these combinations; always considering the benefits of therapy compared to the risk. 

Helping patients to quit smoking is one of the most rewarding services a pharmacist can provide as it is the best thing a person can do for their own health. Pharmacists can prescribe medications for smoking cessation and offer strategies to promote successful quitting. Vaccination consultations and administering vaccines is a vital role that pharmacists play in preventing disease. 

Our Brant Arts pharmacists are well versed in a multitude of areas such as medication management and compliance, smoking cessation, compounding, women’s health, pain management and often partake in community engagement offering educational seminars on a variety of health-related topics. 

For more information on the pharmacist’s role in healthcare, refer to: https://rethinkpharmacists.ca/pharmacy-services/

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