1. Why is a pharmacist important to my overall health? What does a pharmacist do?
2. Will this medication interact with other medications I am currently taking?
3. How do I transfer my prescriptions from another pharmacy?
4. How early in advance should I order refills?
5. When will I receive my medication? How long does it take to be delivered?
6. What does “take with food” or take “on an empty stomach” really mean?
7. What exactly is an independent pharmacy? How are independent pharmacies different from chain pharmacies?
As experts in the field of medicine, independent pharmacists are responsible for the safe distribution of medication to patients. Independent pharmacists also counsel and advise patients as well as other health professionals on possible drug side effects and other drug interactions. Often, they provide other medical related services to patients such as health screenings and consultations to educate the patient, review a patient’s medical history, discuss treatment plans, and determine how to properly manage their conditions and other illnesses.
Independent pharmacies are more patient-centered, which means better customer service. Independent pharmacies have more of a family setting where patients really get to know their pharmacist. There is more patient and pharmacist one on one interaction, especially during health consultations which allows patients to establish trust and build relationships with their pharmacist.
The Cost, prescriptions at an independent pharmacy are usually priced at a more discounted rate than chain pharmacies.
Reduced wait time, research shows that independent pharmacies have much shorter wait times and faster service than chain pharmacies. Chain pharmacies are known for attracting larger crowds which in turn means longer lines and longer wait time.
Personalized services, Independent pharmacies offer more personalized services such as free home deliveries, prescription compounding, custom prescription orders, and preventive care services like medication management, health screenings, prescription consultations, and immunizations.