There was a time when people viewed pharmacists merely as a group of white coats who simply filled prescriptions from corner drug stores.
As the healthcare industry has evolved, so too have the roles, and need for pharmacists.
Pharmacists work in various settings, from nursing homes, colleges, and managed care facilities, to federal and state government agencies. Since manufacturing of prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs has dramatically increased over the years, today’s pharmacists are more vital than ever. Pharmacists serve as a conduit between doctors and their patients. They provide important counsel and guidance regarding patient’s medications and ensure the prescriptions they fill for them are accurate and pose no harmful side effects.
The Board of Pharmacy’s commitment to the safety, health and welfare of California consumers is unwavering and is reflected through the Board’s logo, which showcases two profiles silhouetted face-to-face, forming the sides of a mortar and pestle. The Board’s slogan, “Be Aware And Take Care: Talk To Your Pharmacist!” is the other part of the logo and represents the Board’s dedication to the pharmacist’s duty to provide consultation to patients about their medication.
So, the next time you have prescriptions to fill and/or questions about them or any other medications, take the opportunity to talk with your local pharmacist. They are a valuable resource and are available to assist and help you understand how to effectively use your medication.
You can check to see if your pharmacist and doctor is licensed and in good standing through the Department of Consumer Affairs website at https://search.dca.ca.gov.
For more valuable information from the Board of Pharmacy, visit their website at https://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/consumers/information.shtml