#RethinkPharmacists: Providing personalized medication assessments

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pharmacist talking to a patient

Do you take three or more medications regularly? Do you feel like your medications aren’t working or that you may be experiencing side effects? Do you have diabetes? A MedsCheck with your pharmacist may be for you.

MedsChecks are services available to any Ontarian taking three or more medications for chronic conditions or to any Ontarian with diabetes. A MedsCheck is a free 20-30 minute private consultation with your pharmacist. You’ll review all of the medications you take, including over-the-counter medications and natural health products.

The pharmacist will assess the appropriateness of each medication, answer any questions for you, and help resolve issues like side effects or a lack of perceived effect of your medications. For older adults, MedsChecks can also help identify if you or someone you care for is on any unnecessary medications. While pharmacists assess these things every day, sitting down with them for a one-on-one appointment can help ensure you are getting the most out of your medications.

In this video, pharmacy students from the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto explain why you might consider a MedsCheck today.

The #RethinkPharmacists series is presented by the Waterloo School of Pharmacy for Pharmacists Awareness Month in March. The series highlights services pharmacists provide in addition to standard prescription filling and counselling.