Pharmacists have unique expertise and provide critical input on medication side effects, dosing, interactions, and efficacy. Pharmacists help with reconciling and switching medications to improve safety and lower costs. Pharmacists can identify medications that are no longer needed, which leads to fewer medication interactions and side effects in addition to discovering duplicate therapies which can have harmful adverse effects.
MTM is a one-on-one consultation during which the pharmacist reviews an individual’s medications. Together with your physician, pharmacists can optimize drug therapy to achieve favorable outcome and avoid medication related issues. MTM focuses on medication appropriateness, safety by reducing the risk of adverse events, preventing drug interactions, improving medication adherence and finding cost-effective treatment regimens.
During your meeting with the pharmacist she can answer any questions you may have about your medications and more. This includes non-prescription medications such as over the counter drugs, vitamins, herbs and alternative medicine. The pharmacist ensures that you are taking the right drug, with the right dosage, the right way, at the right time, and that there are no interactions with any medications or supplements you may be taking. Potential side effects will also be evaluated, and we will discuss how to manage those side effects
People tend to believe that a pharmacist is a person who bags and tags your medication from behind the register at your local pharmacy. However, that is in fact a pharmacy technician. A pharmacist on the other hand goes through several years of rigorous training, learning all the ins and outs regarding all the classes of medications; amongst medical professionals, they have the most extensive pharmaceutical training and knowledge. They are the last line of defense before you receive your medication, assuring you have been placed on the appropriate medication, including its dosing and frequency, as well as preventing adverse effects, duplicate therapy and other commonly overlooked errors.