Pharmacists — medical professionals, dispensing their care to South Africans

Being a fundamental component of the medical sector, pharmacists play an essential role in the lives of many people. 

Clearing up the confusion around the duties of Pharmacists’, due to some tending to believe they merely dispense medicine.

According to Mediclinic Information Hub, pharmacists provide clear counselling for patients with regards to why their medication is prescribed, how it works and its correct usage.

Whenever a patient feels uncertain about any of the information provided to them, it is their right to ask the pharmacist to clarify misunderstandings with one might have.

Such is the importance of pharmacists — to acknowledge them, Pharmacy Week and World Pharmacy Day proudly take place in September.

As people with knowledge in the medical sector, pharmacists can also be a source of education when it comes to the dos and don’ts of medication.

There are various steps which people should take and avoid when it comes to their medication.

According to Lize von Schlicht, a pharmacist at Mediclinic Panorama, the following should be noted:

  • Remember to take your medication. 
  • Don’t take expired medication. 
  • Follow dosage instructions. 
  • Don’t share medication.
  • Get your doctor/pharmacist’s guidance when buying over-the-counter medication. 
  • Don’t flush unused or expired medicines down the toilet/drain or discard as part of normal household waste.

Be sure to engage more with your pharmacist to ensure you live a healthier life. 

We acknowledge Pharmacists around the country for their outstanding contributions. 

Information sourced: Mediclinic Information Hub

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