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A 30-year-old member asked:

is a pharmacist part of my healthcare team?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Should be: A pharmacist is an important professional and should be part of a healthcare team.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Yes ; No - Complex: Remember that while pharmacists have training in both molecules ; pharmacologic principles, they rarely spend the time or have the knowledge of a physician who actually focuses on assisting each individual. Their job is to sell treatments for store profit, without any necessary commitment to how effective/cost-effective, these will be for the customer long term. Focus is typically short-sighted.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
When a pharmacist provides advice or counsel on a medication your doctor has prescribed, please contact your physician to clarify issues. A team approach is far more successful.
Apr 11, 2014
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Provided original answer
Also keep in mind that most medications are just single molecules (being adding to the billions of others you are consuming/food), in specific amounts over specific amounts of time, which, compared to the trillions of others molecules already in your body, only influence body/brain behavior some. Look-up/ study both the "Prescribing Information", & the molecule on Google images, Wikipedia, etc.
Apr 11, 2014

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