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Why your Pharmacist is Key to your Health Care
January 12 is National Pharmacist Day! It’s a great day to just say thanks to these people who play a key role in your life – usually when you’re sick!
Here at Lifespan, our pharmacists want to be sure you get the right medications and that you get them when you need them, not just while you’re at the hospital, but even after you leave. In fact, we’ve opened a prescription-filling pharmacy, Lifespan Pharmacy, at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals just for the that reason.
If you’ve had a hospital stay, or an outpatient procedure, we know what you want: To go home! But often you leave with a prescription that needs to be filled, meaning a wait at your local pharmacy.
We don’t want you to wait! At our Lifespan Pharmacy not only can you get the prescriptions filled before you leave, we even deliver them right to your bedside. Or you can have a family member or friend come by the Lifespan Pharmacy near the main lobby to pick them up. Either way you’ll leave the hospital with your prescriptions in hand.
We know you!
The pharmacists at Lifespan Pharmacy have access to your hospital records, including the medications you were on and your lab tests. This lets them do extra checks on your prescription if needed. They can also get in touch with your doctor for questions with your prescription or insurance much easier than an outside pharmacist.
Refills? No problem
You have a few options. Lifespan Pharmacy is open to the public so anyone can use it, whether you are a patient or not. If you don’t want to come back to the hospital for refills, we can mail them to your home for free. Some people have a good relationship with their neighborhood pharmacist and want to go back there for refills (my dad had a neighborhood drug store so I can relate to that!). We can easily work with your neighborhood pharmacist to transfer the refills there; just let us know.
Lifespan Pharmacy also accepts most insurances. Our pharmacy staff will work with you, and your doctor if necessary, if there are any problems with coverage. Some patients who have diseases such as cancer, autoimmune, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis need treatments referred to as “specialty” medications. Lifespan Pharmacy has the only accredited Specialty Pharmacy in Rhode Island and can also fill many of these prescriptions, based on insurance coverage.
Want to have your prescriptions filled at Lifespan Pharmacy? Let your doctor or nurse know, or just bring your prescriptions to us. We’ll take care of the rest!
Lifespan Pharmacy is not for profit, so our priority is to keep our patients healthy. It’s all part of delivering health with care!
Christine Collins, M.B.A., R.Ph.
Christine Collins, M.B.A., R.Ph., is a registered pharmacist and the director of Pharmacy for Lifespan. In this role, she oversees all the operations of Lifespan’s onsite and off-site pharmacy services. She also coordinates the Pharmacy & Therapeutics committee for all the Lifespan hospitals and manages the Lifespan-wide pharmacy information technology and medication safety system.