This year the Canadian Pharmacists Association is focusing on the public taking a ‘rethink’ of the role of the pharmacist and the impact they have on health care. There are over 41,000 pharmacists in Canada. They are the most accessible health professional available to you. From counselling on medication interactions to ensuring the correct dosage of a medication is being used and taken in the correct way– pharmacists manage all your medication needs. In many cases, pharmacists suggest the discontinuation of a medication that is not providing benefit just as they suggest medications to help treat a problem that is not being managed. The integration of natural products with prescription medications is often challenging and pharmacists can advise on these combinations; always considering the benefits of therapy compared to the risk.
Helping patients quit smoking is one of the most rewarding services a pharmacist can provide as it is the best thing a person can do for their own health. Pharmacists can prescribe medications for smoking cessation and offer strategies to promote successful quitting.
Vaccination consultations and administering vaccines is another vital role that pharmacists play in preventing disease.
Our Charlton Health pharmacists are well versed in a multitude of areas including:
- medication management and compliance
- smoking cessation
- treatments for autoimmune and rare diseases
- specialty medications for liver disease
Our pharmacists travel to conferences throughout the world to enhance our education and also engage in research to promote better patient care.
Learn more about the pharmacist’s role in healthcare here.
Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health. Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.