Today is National Pharmacist Day.  This post is a shout out to all the pharmacists across the country for being available (in many pharmacies) 24 hours a day for consultation.

I consider the pharmacists at my drug store as an important and knowledgeable part of my treatment team. I call or visit the pharmacist a couple of times a month for questions about headaches, colds, fevers, and recently for a severe burn my husband got while cleaning a grill at a non-profit that serves meals to the homeless.  The pharmacist on duty that day told my husband to see a doctor because the burn was at risk of infection. We went to urgent care, and the doctor said we did the right thing by getting treatment for the burn (it covered his whole forearm).

The most common call I make to the pharmacy is about drug interactions. I never take a new medication prescribed by a doctor until I have double checked with a pharmacist that the drug is safe to take with my other medications. Pharmacists specialize in medications and their interactions, so I take this extra precautionary step in case my doctor overlooked something.

So for those men and women who are available to the public to help us find the best pain reliever and tell us to take one pill with a full stomach and one pill on an empty stomach, I salute your commitment to the safety and care of those of us who count on you.

Here’s to you!

Photo by Doug Waldron