How do I know if I can benefit from a Medication Review?

Video Transcript

Welcome to “A Virtual Q&A with Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacists”! Join our pharmacists as they answer your questions on various health and medication topics.

How do I know if I can benefit from a Medication Review?

On top of regular dispensing activities that go on behind the counter at our Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies, our pharmacists can also play a larger, more expanded role in helping you understand and get the most out of your medications therapies. So in a medication review what we will do is we’ll discuss all your prescription medications, what you’re taking them for, how you take them, and we will also ask specific questions to make sure you have a complete understanding of your therapy. We’ll also review other information that may be available to us such as your blood work, clinic notes, and chat with you about any other therapies you may be taking including over the counter medications, supplements, vitamins, sports supplements, things like that. So basically what we’re doing is looking at this from a whole health approach. We will also chat about different lifestyle things that can affect your overall health and medication therapy such as your smoking status, alcohol status, your level of activity, leisure, diet, all things like that. So basically, what we’re going to do to benefit the patient from the medication reviews is that we’re looking at everything from a whole health perspective, which in turn can decrease side effects from your medications and overall medications as a whole.

Whether you have questions about your prescription medications, over-the-counter products, immunizations, or other health concerns, our pharmacists are here to help.

The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters.

*PharmaCheck medication review in New Brunswick, the Saskatchewan Medication Assessment Program, MedsCheck in Ontario, and similarly named programs in other provinces and territories are funded by their respective provincial or territorial governments for those who are eligible.

The information included in this recording is correct as of June 11th, 2021