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This issue:

Rx for Rxs: Consulting Pharmacists


If you are taking a lot of medications, consider consulting with a pharmacist.


Every time a physician sees my mother, she seems to get another medication. Even she thinks she is taking "too many pills." Fortunately I discovered an innovative service that I hope will become commonplace.

An experienced pharmacist reviewed her health problems, lab tests, and medications and visited her at her home. The pharmacist discussed her medications, made suggestions, and followed up with a written report. Results including changing the time of day for taking some of the medications and suggesting an alternative medication with fewer side effects.

I do not receive any consideration from the organization, Medicine Cabinet Consultants. I just was so impressed I wanted to spread the word. Their focus is on serving seniors in the Columbus Ohio area. Lauri Wolf, RPh, the Director of Operations told me she knows pharmacists around the country to whom she could refer for comparable services.

The consulting pharmacists typically have regular jobs and do the consults because it is an opportunity to fulfill the kind of purpose they imagined in graduate school. This also explains how they could afford to charge a modest fee, $145, for several hours work. Currently, Medicare does not cover such services. It would probably be cost effective for Medicare to cover the service.

Most of us wouldn't consider surgery without of second opinion. Those who take several medications would be wise to get a second opinion on medications.


People who enjoy good health should think of the doctor's bill as an amusement tax.

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Only a fool would make his doctor his heir.

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A woman told the pharmacist she wanted some arsenic to kill her husband because he's having an affair." The pharmacist told her, "Even if he is cheating, I can't sell you arsenic." She  pulled out a photograph of her husband with the other woman--the pharmacist's wife. "I'm very sorry," the pharmacist said, "I didn't realize you had a prescription."

A girl finally agreed to have sex with her boyfriend, saying "Come to my house for dinner tonight. After dinner my parents are going out." The boy went to the drug store to buy condoms and asked the pharmacist for help, explaining that it was his first time. At dinner that night he kept his head down the whole time. His girlfriend asked, "What's wrong with you?" He replied, "You didn't tell me your dad is a pharmacist."

You know you have a cheap HMO when your pills all have thin candy shells with a little m on the outside.

A Buddhist monk refused his dentist's Novocain during root canal work. He wanted to transcend dental medication.

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