Ask A Pharmacist Thread
Since this is RFD, I forsee questions related to medication expenses, insurance policies (both 3rd party and government) and other health finance related questions which I will try my best to answer. Keep in mind I am based in BC so I only have knowledge of our BC drug plan Pharmacare as well as 3rd party plans (ex. Pacific Blue Cross, SunLife, Greatwest Life, GreenShield, ClaimSecure etc). I will also try to answers related to the profession in general as well.
Having said that...
...I will also do my best to answer medication related questions with the following caveats:
- a lot of seemingly simple questions are actually more complicated and it is best to refer to a medical professional more familiar with your history.
- Pharmacists are "medication experts" and not diagnosticians. Those are doctors. I'm not here to answer "I have symptoms x, y and z, what do I have?", but rather "I have disease x diagnosed by a doctor and I've been offered medication a, b or c. What are their differences?"
- a lot of questions don't have a "right" answer and while I will try to give the best available evidence when I can, I'm sure most of my answers will end in "...see how it goes for a while and if it doesn't improve, see your doctor".
- Finally, and most importantly, I am not responsible for any problems that may arise. It is always better to seek an in person medication professional, including your own pharmacist, for serious issues and personalized advice instead of believing the words of some unknown entity behind a screen.
My goal is to help people, as well as increase awareness of the expertise of pharmacists and will be able to refer you to pharmacists throughout the lower mainland as well as some areas on the island and the interior who I feel exemplify quality patient care. Please PM me for this. If you feel your case is particularly complicated, I recommend the UBC Pharmacists Clinic (http://pharmsci.ubc.ca/pharmacists-clinic)
Some useful links:
BC Pharmacare Website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/healt ... -residents
BC Health Guide: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/
BC Nurses/Dietician/Pharmacist line: 8-1-1 (BC Only)
BC Drug and Poison Information Centre: http://www.dpic.org/
Disclosures: I am a community pharmacist working in BC for a large chain. I am not being paid for this and will try my best to provide unbiased, evidence-based answers. While I attend continuing education sessions sponsored by drug companies, I am not affiliated nor receive compensation from any of them. I hold stocks in a few companies and will disclose so when related. If you ask me for a referral, while there are many great pharmacists in any chain or independent pharmacy, I am only familiar with pharmacists I have personally worked with within my own chain.