Estelle: Most people think pharmacists are just pill counters. But once more pharmacists start working in general practice teams then their skills will be realised and utilised more.
Katrina: A portion of the public think that pharmacists just count pills. They don’t know all the medication counselling and other services that pharmacists provide, that they probably go to their doctor for, but don’t realise that a pharmacist can help them with. Pharmacists are more accessible, and we can provide those same services. For example, lifestyle and health advice, vaccinations, treatment for urinary tract infections, birth control and emergency contraception.
Cindy: A lot of people think that all we do is dispense medications. People think they hand in a script, we put pills in a bottle, slap a label on it and that’s all we do. Which is just crazy. That’s the most simplified version ever. There is so much more we do to make sure that everything is correct and safe for the patients before we hand out their medications. An example of that might be double checking the dosage or calling the doctor if there’s an interaction.