According to information from the German Pharmacists Association, 3.5 to 4 million people use the pharmacy as the first point of contact in health matters every day. In Germany, there are 150, 000 different medications including the different dosage forms and pack sizes and again as many aids as clinical thermometer or athlete bandages. If you take different medicines, you can ask the pharmacy to see if they can tolerate each other.
Why a drug profile?
Not only prescription drugs, but also allegedly "harmless" drugs that are taken by self-medication, can influence each other's effects. For example, calcium tablets for bone loss inhibit the potentially life-saving effects of certain antibiotics. Therefore, each customer should ask for possible interactions and inform the pharmacist about all medicines taken.
During the technical examination, the pharmacist will benefit from a medication profile that lists the type, quantity and dosage of the medication. The data required for this, which are available in virtually all pharmacies, are managed by a 30-member pharmacist editorial staff. They are constantly being expanded and updated every two weeks.
Pharmaceutical care as a new field of work
The special attention of the pharmacist has been on the so-called pharmaceutical care for some time. This refers to the fact that the pharmacist does not limit his performance in the triad doctor-patient pharmacist to the issue of medication, but intensely deals with the pharmaceutical requirement profile of the patient. This should neither create a competitive situation with the attending physician nor cause unnecessary data transfer.
However, the pharmacist must be able to explain the drug therapy to the patient in such a way that the desired therapeutic goals can be achieved. These are on the one hand formulated by the doctor, such as the desired blood pressure reduction in a patient with hypertension.
On the other hand, the patient also strives for goals that he wants to achieve with his drug intake, such as avoiding an asthma attack by using his asthma medication. For this purpose, it is necessary to fully explain the use and intake of the drug to the patient. Together they are looking for ways in which the drug intake is best integrated into his everyday life.
Wide range: from the milk pump to the custom-made cream
Pharmacies offer a wide range of products and services. In addition to prescription and freely available drugs can be in the pharmacy, for example, his blood pressure or cholesterol measured. The "tidying up" of the medicine cabinet is just as much part of the counseling service as the individual composition of the first-aid kit. Parents come to the pharmacy when their children have eaten poisonous plants. In addition, the pharmacy gives milk pumps to young mothers and checked first aid kits of motorists.
Even those looking for a self-help group or serious information about so-called miracle drugs, which is in the pharmacy at the right place. In addition, over night and emergency services provide 24 hours of consulting expertise.