10.09.2017

Choosing The Right Pharmacy For Your Family

A family concerned for the health of their children will spend a lot of time choosing the right doctor and even the right dentist. Shouldn’t we afford the same kind of care to the pharmacy we choose, too? Erroneous prescription orders, long waits, and barriers to getting the medicine our family needs can be more than just a nuisance. They can be dangerous. So, how do we make sure that the pharmacy we choose is the right one for us?

Do they offer the solution you need?
Some families are very particular about what they choose to put into their body. When it comes to medicine, options are sometimes limited because, at the end of the day, we’re most often better off when we take what the doctor prescribes. However, compounding pharmacies often do offer a little more flexibility in what it’s comprised of. For instance, a medicine may be too bitter for your child to take. In more serious cases, many are allergic to the colorings and flavorings used in a lot of prescription medicine. Compounding pharmacies work only with the agreement of your physician to alter drugs so that they don’t contain sugar, gluten, preservatives, or dyes. If anyone in the family has a sensitivity to any of those ingredients, they might be the only choice.
Are they convenient?
When it comes to convenience, your first thought might be about how far away the pharmacy is. However, for those of us who are constantly busy or have barriers to collecting prescriptions like a disability, a shorter distance might not be all that helpful. While Uber still hasn’t launched their prescription-pickup-on-demand service, there are plenty of pharmacies that do their own deliveries. There are also those that work with doctors and clinics that allow you to send for repeat prescriptions through the internet. It’s worth asking about the different collection and delivery options that a pharmacy offers. It can help you get the medicine you need much quicker in some cases.
Are they up-to-date?
Pharmacies, like all healthcare businesses, constantly benefit from improvements in technology. To make sure you’re getting the best of the best, you should see if they’re taking advantage of those benefits. For instance, you can ask if they’re using automating technology like RxSafe, which can help them get your prescription ready for you much sooner. Others use electronic prescribing systems which dramatically reduce pharmaceutical errors that can sometimes prove truly dangerous if you’re receiving the wrong kind of medicine. Then there are the upgrades for the sake of the customer’s convenience, like allowing you to sign up for text and email alerts that let you know when your prescription is ready to pick up.
Thanks to the power of the internet, it’s a lot easier to simply read reviews and stories about the everyday experiences of those using family pharmacies. It doesn’t hurt to call up and ask questions if you’re curious about whether they do or do not fit any of the criteria mentioned above, too.

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