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15 Things Your Pharmacist Wishes You Knew

Reader's Digest.CA Logo By Corey Whelan of Reader's Digest.CA | Slide 1 of 15: That line at the pharmacy counter may be annoying, but its long for a reason. Your pharmacist has a ton of things to do—and it takes time to do it right. 'A pharmacist's job to a lay person may seem simplistic, but there are many functions, from reviewing your profile to checking interactions, and making sure you're getting the correct drug, and dosage,' says Fernando Gonzalez , RPhI, assistant professor pharmaceutical sciences division at Long Island University's Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 'Patients should realize that rushing a prescription is like telling a pilot not to check the landing gear before takeoff,' he adds. Here are 10 things you need to know right now about taking too many medications.

Don't rush it

That line at the pharmacy counter may be annoying, but its long for a reason. Your pharmacist has a ton of things to do—and it takes time to do it right. 'A pharmacist's job to a lay person may seem simplistic, but there are many functions, from reviewing your profile to checking interactions, and making sure you're getting the correct drug, and dosage,' says Fernando Gonzalez , RPhI, assistant professor pharmaceutical sciences division at Long Island University's Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 'Patients should realize that rushing a prescription is like telling a pilot not to check the landing gear before takeoff,' he adds. Here are 10 things you need to know right now about taking too many medications.
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