Pharmacists can help with breathing problems
People who have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can prevent breathing crises by appropriate drug therapy. However, patients often find it difficult to follow prescribed drug regimens. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (October 2, 2002), a pharmacist care program in which the pharmacist monitors symptoms, provides medication counseling, helps resolve drug-related problems and facilitates communication with physicians may be able to enhance people’s adherence to therapy and outcomes.
We have said it in many publications, but it bears repeating: For many conditions and medical situations, your pharmacist just may be the most important-and accessible-medical professional you have. Encourage him or her to step from behind the computer and talk with you.
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