Know Your Pharmacist
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Know Your Pharmacist

A pharmacist who knows your drug history can help prevent dangerous drug interactions. Learn how your pharmacist can help you.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What degree does a pharmacist have?

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The correct answer is: A pharmacist may hold a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree in pharmacy. All pharmacists graduate from an accredited program and successfully pass a board-certified licensing examination.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: A pharmacist can help a person stop smoking.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Doctors, dentists and pharmacists are all qualified to help a person quit smoking. Some pharmacies offer smoking cessation clinics, and pharmacists can provide people with information about medications and nicotine replacement products that can help them stop smoking.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most pharmacy consultations are free.

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The correct answer is: This is true. You can drop into your local pharmacy during business hours without an appointment, and most consultations are free.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of these does your pharmacist need to know?

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The correct answer is: You should give your pharmacist a list of all your medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter (OTC) remedies and supplements. This will ensure that any prescription you're given is safe to take along with your current medications.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: It is illegal for a pharmacist to talk with you about your spouse or partner's prescriptions.

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The correct answer is: This is false. With the patient's consent, pharmacists are allowed to share or discuss a patient’s health information as needed with the patient's family, friends or others involved in his or her care.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Pharmacists can give vaccinations.

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The correct answer is: This is true, although rules vary from state to state concerning which vaccinations a pharmacist can administer, what training is required and whether a doctor must supervise. Ask your pharmacist for more information about what vaccinations are available and how they're administered.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these questions can your pharmacist answer?

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The correct answer is: Your pharmacist can answer all of the above questions, as well as questions about dosage and a medication's purpose and intended effect.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your pharmacist can diagnose medical conditions.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Pharmacists cannot diagnose medical conditions.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your pharmacist can refuse to fill a prescription.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Your pharmacist may refuse to fill a prescription based on his or her professional judgment, or for other reasons such as questions regarding dosage or doubts about the validity of the prescription.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Since supplements and over-the-counter medications do not have a prescription, they carry no risk.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Many consumers mistakenly believe that because an OTC medicine or dietary supplement requires no prescription, it carries no risk.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these could be dangerous when paired with certain prescription medications?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Seemingly harmless herbs such as gingko, and foods and beverages such as alcohol and grapefruit juice can pose dangers when combined with certain prescription medications. Check for warnings listed on the medication's label, or ask your pharmacist about what to avoid.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Is it a good idea to consult your pharmacist before purchasing an OTC medication?

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The correct answer is: Yes, your pharmacist knows which conditions will respond to OTC medications, as well as the best OTC medication to use.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What is the most common error patients make with regard to prescription safety?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are common errors in taking prescription medicines.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your pharmacist will automatically give you the generic version of your prescription because it's cheaper.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you've been prescribed a name-brand drug, a pharmacist may sometimes suggest a generic version, which is typically cheaper. However, a pharmacist may only do this if the healthcare provider who wrote the prescription allows substitutions. You can ask your doctor to prescribe generic versions of drugs if they are available and to indicate that on your prescription.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What does a pharmacist do if he or she believes your prescription may cause a possible drug interaction?

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The correct answer is: If you are prescribed a medication that may interact with another medication you are taking, your pharmacist may call your doctor. The pharmacist may also refuse to fill the prescription if he or she is concerned about a potentially serious drug interaction.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Adults over age 65 buy 30 percent of all prescription medication. According to a recent study, how many patients were given prescriptions that could cause dangerous side effects?

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The correct answer is: A large study at Duke University found that more than one in five older patients (20 percent) were prescribed drugs that could cause dangerous side effects in people over age 65. A few participants (1 in 25) were given three or more of these drugs at the same time.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of the following combos can be bad for your health?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Alcohol combined with aspirin increases your risk of upset stomach and heartburn. Aspirin also interacts with insulin because high doses of aspirin can affect blood sugar levels. And, aspirin interacts with many NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen. Tell your pharmacist of any prescriptions and OTC medications you're taking to avoid possible drug interactions.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your pharmacist can flavor your child's medication to make it taste better.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Your pharmacist may be able to formulate medicines that normally come in pill form into liquids and can add extra flavoring to make medicines taste better. Some pharmacies even offer a choice of flavors.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

What should you do when you pick up a new prescription?

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The correct answer is: Compare the pill or liquid to the patient information leaflet stapled to the pharmacy bag -- often, it will have a small picture of the medicine. Make sure they match. If they don't, ask the pharmacist to reconfirm the order.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these features should you look for in choosing a pharmacy?

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The correct answer is: Whatever pharmacy you choose, it should use the latest safety cross-checking software and medication monitoring technology. Ask the pharmacist what they use.

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