Do you believe that the most important task performed by pharmacists, is reading the terrible handwriting on the prescriptions given to them? If you do, perhaps you should rethink your position. A recent study shows just how important your pharmacist can be for your wellness plan.
According to the “Life…Supplemented” Healthcare Professional (HCP) study, pharmacists do what they talk about when it comes to taking supplements. The study found that 87% of pharmacists surveyed, believe supplements can improve or maintain the health of their customers. This nearly matched the 86% of pharmacists reporting they used supplements for “overall health and wellness”, in their own lives.
Even more fascinating, is that 2 out of 3 pharmacists noted that customers initiated the conversations about supplements. So, the trust customers have in supplement advice from their pharmacists is very apparent.
Douglas MacKay, ND, with the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) noted:
“A pharmacist’s training specifically qualifies him or her to take a comprehensive look at an individual’s current prescribed medications and determine if any potential drug-dietary supplement interactions or drug-induced nutrient depletions may need to be addressed…it is important to talk to a pharmacist or other qualified health practitioner about all the things you are taking for your health.”
The Bottom Line: Get to know your pharmacist better. Instead of just dropping off and picking up prescriptions, ask questions about the supplements you’re taking. This valuable insight should not be overlooked.
Are you going to ask your pharmacist a question next time?
It’s your life, live well.