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Important Pharmacy and Prescription Drug Terms

A pharmacy is a place where those suffering from chronic or acute conditions can purchase prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. Each of these establishments is overseen by a licensed pharmacist who is charged with dispensing medication as well as answering questions on dosing schedules and drug interactions. The following key terms can help you identify pharmacies for your prescription needs and understand their role in protecting your health.

  • Licensed Pharmacist - A professional who holds a PharmD degree and assists patients by filling prescriptions, consulting on dosing practices and guiding them toward the right medications.
  • Generic Drug - A drug compound that contains the same active ingredients as its brand name counterpart.
  • Prescriber - A primary doctor, psychiatrist, hospital physician, or veterinary technician who writes the prescription for medicine that is filled by a chemist or pharmacist. It is generally up to the prescriber to monitor the patient's progress while taking a medication and adjust dosage as needed.
  • Retail Drugstore - This establishment carries prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter medications and other household products. Some larger drugstores employ a technician 24 hours to fill medication requests any time.
  • Dose - The number of pills or applications of a topical treatment that are to be taken over a period of time.
  • Refill - The number of times a drug may be obtained from a pharmacist without visiting a patient's prescriber to obtain a new prescription. In some cases, refills may be obtained through online pharmacy services.
  • Hospital Pharmacy - Often employ a technician 24 hours to fulfill internal requests for medication that will be used on site. Such pharmacies may be tied to a walk-in clinic, but do not always fill prescriptions for individuals.
  • Prescription Medication - A drug that may only be acquired with written permission from a licensed physician.
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    Navarro Discount Pharmacies
    1243 Sw 8th St, Miami, FL 33135
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    (305) 854-8544
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    My Health Pharma
    8369 Nw 66 St, Miami, FL 33166
    Myhealthpharma is a trusted online pharmacy. It provides quality prescription drugs and an OTC medicines.
    (430) 342-0255
    9500 Nw 79th Ave, Suite #6,, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33016
    Online Pet Pharmacy. .
    (877) 421-8387
    CVS Pharmacy
    5575 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
    (305) 743-9484
    Publix Super Markets
    5407 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
    (305) 289-2920
    CVS Pharmacy
    30401 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
    (305) 872-3797
    30351 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
    (305) 872-1784
    30351 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
    (305) 872-1371
    91410 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070
    (305) 852-7940
    52 E Palm Dr, Homestead, FL 33034
    (305) 248-8197
    101401 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
    (305) 453-9787
    Publix Super Markets
    101437 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
    (305) 451-0808
    99434 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
    (305) 451-3261
    105300 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
    (305) 451-0328
    Martin Luther King Jr Clinical Campesina
    810 W Mowry Dr, Homestead, FL 33030
    (305) 242-6079

    When you or your children get sick, take the prescription you received from the doctor’s office, or hospital and bring it to the pharmacy to be filled. Pharmacists on staff measure and dispense your prescription, and should notify you of any possible drug interactions. Pharmacies are usually located in the back of a drug store or retail department store. Pharmacies sell over-the-counter medication in addition to prescription medication. Browse the aisles for cold medicine, separated by adult and children strength. If you need a prescription filled, head to the counter, hand it to the pharmacy tech, and wait the recommended amount time for the pharmacists to approve and fill the prescription. Adults often times get pills, while small children are prescribed liquids for easier swallowing. Pharmacies, also called chemist’s stores, are also located within hospitals and clinics, providing a one-stop-shop for patients who need medicine fast. And these days, many drug stores are open 24 hours a day, so that you always have access to the pharmacy. This comes in handy when your child is running a high fever in the middle of the night and you realize you’ve run out of medicine. Because you can potentially have access to a technician 24 hours a day, this provides a great convenience for you and others who may need it. Online capabilities allow patients to refill their prescriptions via the pharmacy’s website, specifying a convenient pick up time with access to a virtual technician 24 hours per day. Pharmacy assistants can aid with dispensing medication, but only pharmacists make the final decision regarding drug dispensation and monitoring. Pharmacists are also available for consultations with concerned patients. They can also provide compounding, which involves mixing various drugs to meet the special health needs of patients. Some pharmacies are geared toward veterinary use.
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