The Food and Drug Administration issued a Consumer Update on the important role pharmacists play in consumer care and safe medicine use education. Whether patients need assistance deciphering the drug facts label or integrating new medicine into their lives, pharmacists are the experts to count on. To get the most out of the patient-pharmacist relationship, here are some things your pharmacist should know:
- All medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking.
- Your medical history, including allergic reactions and adverse events.
- Whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Any trouble you have taking medicine including swallowing pills, reading the labels, opening bottles or remembering your medicine schedule.
The FDA’s Division of Drug Information is also available to answer consumer questions on topics such as medicine side effects, generic vs. brand name medicine and safe medicine disposal.
For more information, view the full Consumer Update here.