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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


What Can Pharmacy Do for Me?

Veteran visiting the informational table has blood pressure taken and visits with pharmacy staff.

Veteran visiting the informational table has blood pressure taken and visits with pharmacy staff. Staff pictured left to right: Pharmacy Rotational Student Rachael Alsup, Pharmacist Helen Chan, Pharmacy Rotational Student Meredith Lennek and Pharmacy Technician Bethann Reid.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

In recognition of National Pharmacy Week, pharmacy staff hosted an informational table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 19-21 in the main lobby of the medical center.  Staff members discussed the role of pharmacy at VA, proper medication disposal and provided blood pressure screening for Veterans.

Hospital and health care pharmacists have taken on enhanced patient care roles due to a number of factors including the deployment of highly trained, certified technicians and new technologies like robotics that dispense medications. As new technology evolves – such as the addition of machine-readable codes on medication labels – patients will have greater opportunities to have a pharmacist involved in their care.

Pharmacists are experts on the thousands of medications available today including how each one works in the body and the ways to use them safely and effectively. Pharmacists that graduate today receive six years of education focused on medication therapy. Many pharmacists also complete post-graduate residency programs. They advise doctors and nurses on the best medications, monitor every patient’s medication therapy and provide quality checks to detect and prevent harmful drug interactions, reactions or mistakes.  Medication counseling is available to patients from the pharmacist located in each primary care clinic.

Do you have expired medications at home?  In order to properly dispose of your medications, you can mix them in a zip lock bag or other sealed container with coffee grounds, kitty litter or other undesirable substance and place them in the garbage.  Join us for Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, November 6.

Read about ordering medication refills by mail, phone or internet.


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