A recent national survey commissioned by the Canadian Pharmacist Association found that while the majority of Canadians are aware that pharmacists can provide advice on over the counter medications, offer emergency prescription refills and administer the flu shot, there are many other pharmacy services that few consumers are aware of. With wait times potentially causing challenges for patients, some services may be more convenient to access through pharmacies.
Here are three pharmacy services that you may not know about:
1. Provide advice on heart health
Pharmacists can provide advice beyond medications on how to improve heart health – which is good news for our hearts and blood vessels! In addition to helping you understand your medication, pharmacists can help your monitor blood pressure with easy-to-use, in-store machines, and they can help you understand the readings. According to the survey, 65 per cent of Canadians didn’t know that pharmacists can help with cardiovascular health.
2. Administer vaccines
Pharmacists not only administer annual flu shots, but also other vaccines – like shingles. In most provinces, if you’re over 50, you can now receive your shingles vaccination by visiting your local pharmacist. Unfortunately less than half of Canadians know this.
And did you know your Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist can help with travel vaccinations? For lucky Canadians who plan to escape to sunny destinations, pharmacists can review any-health-related risks based your destination, and recommend preventative measures. What’s even more convenient is that pharmacists, outside Quebec, can also administer travel vaccinations in pharmacy for things like hepatitis A, B and typhoid; however, only 41 per cent of Canadians know this service is available. For those living in Quebec, don’t worry, there’s often nurses in pharmacy who can provide the vaccination.
3. Provide advice on nutrition and healthy eating
Keeping our bodies healthy with a balanced, nutritious diet can help stave off illness, as well manage diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure. Pharmacists are equipped to share tips with their patients on how to eat healthy, make sure they understand about food and medication interactions, and provide advice on how to manage diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure, yet more than half of Canadians are unaware.
When it comes to your health it’s important to act fast, and get the best treatment available. Luckily for Canadians, there are several services available at their local pharmacy that can help manage their health, while still being convenient.
For more information on these and other services your pharmacist can provide, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca, or stop by your local Shoppers Drug Mart to learn more.