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Thanks to Pharmacist Who Alerted This Family To Possible Complications

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Photo Credit Marc Kleen

Dear Carol: I recently had an experience that I'd like to share with your readers. My dad has several serious physical and mental conditions so his medical file is complicated. Recently, a new drug to help with breathing problems was released and his doctor, who is outstanding in all ways, saw no reason for Dad not to try it. We left the clinic in good spirits but had barely gotten Dad home when my phone rang. It was the pharmacy telling me that an information update had just then alerted them that Dad’s newly prescribed drug could seriously interact with one of his other medications. I asked the pharmacist to follow through with the doctor and a different medication was then prescribed. My point is that even the best doctor may not have up-to-the-minute information about a drug, so having a pharmacist double-check our prescriptions is important to our health management. Thanks for allowing me this opportunity to thank the pharmacists in our community. — LC.

Read the full article on Inforum to learn more about this person's experience and how your pharmacist needs to be a front-line asset for your health care:

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