Angie's LIST Guide to
Pharmacies

Pharmacies can serve as your one-stop center for your prescriptions and a place where you can access information on maintaining wellness and health. Choices may include your local small hometown corner drugstore or one of the larger chain drugstores with multiple locations. Your local drugstore can provide additional services, such as flu shots.
 

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Many health care facilities and services are available to offer the type of care and service required by each patient. From ambulance services to hospitals to immediate care and more, there are various services to accommodate each need.
 
 
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Finding the right pharmacy

If you're looking for a new pharmacy where you can get your prescriptions filled, make plans for a visit to your chosen drugstore. Before you step through the door, though, do some research on pharmacies in your area. Check Angie's List for member ratings and reviews of pharmacies close to your home or work.

When you find a convenient, highly rated store, check it out to make sure it has everything that you need. Some important things to consider include the location and hours of the drugstore. Does the store provide delivery of prescriptions, if needed, and can you contact it after store hours in the event of an emergency? Does the drugstore have a website, and if so, does it offer online ordering and shipping to your home?

Getting to know your pharmacist

Most importantly, you'll want to get to know your pharmacist. You will want to ask about the pharmacist's education and training in addition to licensing requirements. Most pharmacists' credentials are posted on the wall behind the customer counter.

If you feel comfortable with the drugstore you have chosen and decide to use it to fill your prescriptions, be prepared. A good pharmacist will ask you if you are being treated for any health conditions by your primary physician. As a practicing medical professional, he or she will ask about any other prescriptions you are taking to avoid possible drug interactions. The druggist will be informative in answering any questions you may have and will give you alternative choices for generic medicines at a lower cost.

A good pharmacist will help you to better understand your medications and guide you if you experience any unpleasant side effects. The pharmacist should be patient and understanding and answer any and all questions that you may have. A good pharmacist will make you feel comfortable in sharing any concerns you may have and most importantly will tell you that information is always kept confidential and private.

Drugstore services

Many drugstores offer a variety of wellness services that may include lab tests to check for possible high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure. Many of the larger supermarket, big box and retail chain stores have their own brand drugstores onsite. Some drugstores, depending on the scope of their services, may offer on-site flu shot vaccinations to help keep their customers healthy when the cold weather ailment is most likely to strike. Larger retail chain stores may offer small walk-in clinics that can diagnose and treat minor issues, such as sprains, strep throat or poison ivy.

For those consumers that may live in more isolated areas without easy access to a nearby drugstore, many also offer online services so their customers can order prescriptions and other essentials from their website and have the items shipped to their home. You can check online for the availability of immunizations for school-age children to protect them from illnesses such as measles, mumps and chicken pox. You'll also find that many online drugstores offer an added perk in the form of health and wellness newsletters and blogs to keep you informed and up-to-date on the most current information.

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