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What is a Pharmacy? What is a Medical Supplies Provider?
A pharmacy (also known as a drug store) is a place where prescription medication is prepared and dispensed. A pharmacist will also give the patient directions on how to use the medication and side effects. A pharmacy may also sell over the counter medicine for conditions like stomach ache, heartburn, allergies, and colds, as well as basic first-aid supplies like band aids.
A medical supplies provider (also known as a medical equipment supplier) is a facility that sells medically necessary supplies and equipment. The medical supplies and equipment available at providers can differ, but they can include:
Diabetes supplies and equipment
Dialysis equipment & supplies
Wheelchairs(manual and power)
Patient lifts & seat lift mechanisms
Power operated vehicles (or scooters)
How do I select a pharmacy or medical supplies provider?
When selecting a pharmacy or medical supplies provider, there are a few factors you should consider:
1. Location: It should be within a comfortable travel distance.
2. Item Availability: Verify the provider carries the medication/supplies/equipment you need.
3. Insurance: Check to make sure they take your insurance.
4. Pricing: Did you know different pharmacies set different prices for the same prescription drug? Sometimes a prescription can be almost 50% less at one place versus another. So, if you have no insurance and pay out of pocket, call around ahead of time to get a fair price.
5. Recommedations: Word of mouth recommendations are so valuable; they can often help you make your final decision. Ask around to see what pharmacy/medical supplier your family, friends, etc use.
6. Quality: People don't usually think of quality care when they think of dropping off a prescription. You should feel comfortable asking your pharmacist questions. Your pharmacist should also be able to answer all your questions regarding the medication. Lastly, your privacy should be respected throughout the entire process.
7. Reviews: Online reviews are great for comparing pharmacies. Online reviews are filled with tips and advice, the good providers, the wait times, what's good about a provider, what's bad about a provider, etc.
8. Consider everything else the provider has to offer: The little things can make a big difference. Some people find using the pharmacy at a big retailer convenient, as they can get their prescription filled while grocery shopping. If time is important, you may find a little local pharmacy best, as you can get in and out quickly.
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