There are a lot of Medicare Part D beneficiaries that have questions and are afraid to speak with someone. When they are prescribed a medication, there are always questions that should be asked and answered but many times, they are ignored. No patient wants to ask their doctor a lot of endless questions and there are other patients that don’t want to frustrate their doctor by asking questions that will frustrate their doctor. This is something that should not be done. Anyone that has a question about their medications should ask. The perfect person to talk to is a pharmacist.
When people think about a pharmacist, they imagine someone that is too busy filling bottles and counting pills. They don’t think they will be able to speak with someone other than their doctor about their prescriptions. That is untrue. A pharmacist is a trained medical professional that has been trained to work with medications specifically. They are the best resource for prescription advice. And many times, the questions are answered for free.
Local Retail Pharmacist
When a person has their prescription filled at their local pharmacy, it’s often at a pharmacy they regularly frequent. A pharmacist that has to fill a medication regularly begins to understand their medication needs. Sometimes, these pharmacists are available to build a relationship with their customers.
Local retail pharmacists are able to look at their client’s medication list and tell their customer if they have been prescribed something that will interact badly with their other medications. Many times, when this happens, they will take the time to call the prescribing doctor and ask if there is something they are changing with the medications. This is the level of care and attention they give to their clients. Many times, when there is something that will harm their customer, a pharmacist will give advice and warnings about it.
Many Medicare beneficiaries don’t like the idea of talking to a lot of people about their medicine and what they need. A pharmacist should be on the list of people to speak with because they are already involved with their medication needs. Not only does a pharmacist have access to knowledge of medications that a doctor may not be aware of, they are also privy to a current list of medications being taken by their customers.
Mail Order Pharmacist
There are millions of people that have their medications shipped to them. They do this because they like the convenience of having their medications delivered. Those that choose to do this sometimes think they don’t have anyone to speak with when they have a concern about a medication. That is not true. Many mail order companies have a pharmacist available at all times to speak with customers over the phone.
When a medication is being mailed, they still have to be filled at a pharmacy somewhere. In these pharmacies, there are certified pharmacists on staff to check the prescription and okay it to be shipped. Although they are not seen, a pharmacist is still very active in their client’s medicine. When a question arises about the medications that have been prescribed, many of these mail order pharmacists will reach out to their clients and their client’s doctors to get clarification.
What to Talk About
When it comes to speaking with a pharmacist, some people don’t know what to discuss with them. They don’t know how to approach their pharmacist because they don’t always think of them as a great resource. There are a great deal of things a pharmacist can share information about.
Medicare Part D Plans: Many Medicare Part D eligible beneficiaries don’t know what plan would be best for them. If a beneficiary would go to their pharmacist and ask for a recommendation, they could get one. These recommendations are based solely on the medications that are currently being taken and what has been taken in the past. Many of these opinions are unbiased because these pharmacists don’t work for the insurance company.
Reactions and Interactions: Many times a doctor will write a prescription and not be aware that medication may cause a bad reaction within their patient. They may not know their patient is on a medication that reacts adversely to the prescribed medication. When these issues are in front of a pharmacist, they are able to tell their customers and often reach out to the doctor for a different medication.
Drug Alternatives: There may be a time that a prescription is prescribed for an ailment that is too expensive. When this happens, a pharmacist is able to give recommendations on what else can be taken to help. They aren’t able to diagnose an ailment but they are happy to discuss alternative medications that will help their member pay for their medications.
There are many things a pharmacist can talk to their Medicare beneficiaries about. They aren’t there to just count pills. They can help a Medicare beneficiary take the medications they need to improve their health and life.