Part one of the first annual Drug Store News pharmacist-reader survey revealed how quickly the practice of pharmacy is evolving to have a greater emphasis on patient care. Nearly half (46%) indicated they had been spending more time counseling patients in recent years, and slightly more (50.5%) said their pharmacies were doing more work around disease state management and chronic care programs.
In all, 378 pharmacists completed the survey, which was conducted between July 31 and Aug. 6.
In part two, DSN examines the top branded pharmacist recommendations in 15 core OTC categories. Interestingly, the results are based on verbatim responses, so pharmacists were not led or influenced in their answers — to better reflect life in the real world. Patients don’t show up in the pharmacy with a drop-down menu of multiple choices; they show up with symptoms and questions. Here is what pharmacists are telling patients.
For part 1 of the Annual Pharmacist Reader Survey, click here.