Covering pharmacy reminds me each day that pharmacies offer patients more than places to get prescriptions filled and dispensed. Patients visit independent and chain community pharmacies far more often than doctors' offices. They trust their local pharmacists to counsel them on medications, recommend OTC remedies and dietary supplements, and answer almost any health question. In hospitals and nursing homes, pharmacists ensure the sickest patients get medications they need without suffering drug interactions that threaten their lives even further. In all settings, pharmacists compound customized dosages and work with other health care providers to improve patients' health outcomes.
As pharmacists become ever more involved in one-to-one patient care by providing medication therapy management services and entering into collaborative prescribing agreements, I will work to make this site a go-to resource for everyone practicing pharmacy and interested in pharmaceutical care.