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Healthcare Reform: New Role of the Community Pharmacy

April 14, 20149 min
Your community pharmacist role is changing, for the better.Trying to understand and discuss healthcare reform can be confusing and very frustrating. A trend has emerged in healthcare, an expansion of community pharmacist.A community pharmacy is a pharmacy that deals directly with people in a local area. Responsibilities of a community pharmacy counseling, checking and dispensing prescription drugs to the patients with care, accuracy and legality.Their roles are changing, for the better.Pharmacists now are providing more support than they ever have in the past. For example, community pharmacists give out immunizations and are more involved with patients by providing ongoing support in order to maintain your health.Can a community pharmacist help advocate for patients?Community pharmacists put all their efforts into advocating for you. Whether it's helping you answer questions about medications, having a close relationship with doctors, sending you alerts through emails or texts, and making sure your medication is covered properly through insurance.What other ways are community pharmacists benefiting you?Chief Medical Officer and Group Vice President of Walgreens, Dr. Harry Leider joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss the emerging trend in healthcare reform and the ways the role of the community pharmacist is changing.

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