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What Your Pharmacist Should Know About You

“Help your pharmacist to know you and understand any limitations to your care,” says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Mary E. Kremzner, Pharm.D., M.P.H. “Pharmacists really want to help people get the maximum benefit from what’s prescribed with the least amount of risk.”

For example, some large pills are hard to swallow. “The pharmacist will know the drug’s makeup and whether you can crush it without altering its effectiveness or release rate,” Kremzner says. Another risk is interactions – food-drug or drug-drug. “For example, if you take a certain blood thinner, don’t eat too many dark leafy greens, because the vitamin K can decrease the drug’s effect,” says the FDA’s Lindsay Wagner, Pharm.D. “The interaction can depend on the patient, the drug or how often you eat certain foods.”

Your pharmacist should know:

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

February 15, 2016

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