Behind the Window: What Pharmacists Do

Pharmacists aren't just vendors who hand you your pills from behind the counter.

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You know him. He’s that guy who hands you your pills from behind the counter – on the surface, a vendor-like transaction. End of story? Not quite. "We consider ourselves the last line of defense before somebody takes medication," says Mark Riley, president of the National Community Pharmacists Association. "The thing that separates us from all the other professions is our expertise and drug knowledge, and I think we’re going to see pharmacists injected more and more into the health care system." Here’s what you should know about pharmacists and what they can do for you:

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