Pharmacists Go to Church

Jun 11, 2002

A report on says that a new program has pharmacists offering one-on-one sessions on medication to people in places of worship.

According to the report, “Many of the problems that arise from taking medication – remembering to take it, adverse reactions, and taking it incorrectly – could readily be solved. All that’s needed, usually is a chat with the pharmacist. But some people may not know that the pharmacist can help, or may be reluctant to approach them in a busy drug store.”

Researchers at Ohio State University tested a program where a team of pharmacists visited 187 people in 20 churches in central Ohio.

An hour of counseling cleared up many issues, like drug-related side effects, according to the researchers. The participants also ended up taking fewer medications because pharmacists advised checking with a doctor to determine which drugs were essential.

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