10 Things to ask your pharmacist

There is a misconception that a pharmacist’s job consists of counting pills, creating labels and putting them in a bottle for patients.  A pharmacist’s role includes:
  • Reviewing your medication to ensure it’s appropriate and safe for you and verifying that the correct dosages are prescribed for your health condition;
  • Screening for potential issues such as drug interactions and allergies, and duplication of treatments;
  • Counselling you on what your medication is for, how to take it, and informing you of any side effects it may cause;
  • Collaborating with you and other healthcare providers to ensure you’re getting the most out of your medication.
10 questions you can ask your pharmacist:
  1. Is there a generic form of this drug? Can you recommend a cheaper alternative?
  2. Do you have any written material about my medication?
  3. What does this medication do and how long will it take to do this?
  4. How should I store this medication?
  5. What do I do if I miss a dose?
  6. What are the risks and side effects of taking this medication and how should I report them?
  7. Are there foods, drinks, or activities I need to avoid while taking this medication?
  8. Will this medication interact with over-the-counter medication, herbal products or other prescribed medication?
  9. Should I stop taking this medication if I become pregnant? Can I take this medication if I’m breastfeeding?
  10. Are there any non-prescription products you can also recommend for my condition?
When taking prescription drugs, it is important to be informed about what you are putting in your body.

When in doubt, ask a pharmacist for advice.

Spring Cleaning – Dispose of your expired or unused drugs

Spring is here and it’s time to move on from those winter blues!

If your annual spring clean is right around the corner, consider going through your medicine cabinet to check for unused or expired medications. Improper disposal of medications places an increased risk to health and safety in our homes and is an environmental threat to landfills and water systems.

Each Canadian Province and Territory has a program to ensure the safe and appropriate disposal of medications in accordance with local health and environmental regulations.  All prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and natural health products in oral dosage form are accepted.

Disposing of these products is easy and free! Just bring the accepted items in their original containers, remove any personal information and drop them off at participating pharmacies.

Take advantage of savings in your area:

What is Blue Advantage?

The Blue Advantage program allows Blue Cross members to save on medical, vision care and many other products and services offered by participating providers across Canada. The program is unique because it provides discounts at point of sale on the total cost of products and services from participating providers across Canada, regardless of whether the item is covered under your benefit plan. Simply present your Blue Cross identification card to the participating provider and mention the Blue Advantage program. Blue Advantage is just one more way Blue Cross is working in your community to offer members access to affordable, quality services and products that can help them make healthy lifestyle choices.

We encourage you to visit www.blueadvantage.ca regularly to learn where you might find health care savings that are available in your area.