Published March 15th, 2016 by Stephanie
Between the increasing costs and demands for health care in the United States, various sectors of the health care industry are suffering from low manpower. There are a shortage of general practicing doctors, for instance, since specialist doctors get better salaries, but general practitioners are in high demand since they’re the ones who identify the general cause of their patients’ problems and either provide them with basic advice and cures or else recommend them to the right specialists for the job.
Similarly, while a pharmacist’s job isn’t quite as demanding as a doctor’s, there’s still a shortage of good pharmacists in many parts of the country, and like anyone who has more work than he or she can handle, a pharmacist who has to fill too many prescriptions may wind up making dangerous mistakes, such as choosing the wrong pill or vial of fluid or else mislabeling the bottle so that the patient accidentally takes too much or too little of the medication.
As a patient looking to fill a prescription there isn’t much you can do to solve a nationwide problem like a shortage of pharmacists, but there are a few things you can do to help prevent medication mistakes:
But while a personal relationship with your pharmacist may lower the chance of mistakes, there isn’t too much he or she can do about the current price of medication. Fortunately, the USARx pharmacy discount card can help: simply sign up for free, give your account number to your pharmacist of choice, and you’ll start saving up to 75 percent on the list price of all prescription medications, both name brand and generic. If you’d like more information, you can email us at [email protected] or call us at 888-277-3911.