Monday, September 28, 2015

Online Drugstore vs. Local Compounding Pharmacy

by Mark Etinger

You may think the title of this blog is hyperbole but it is definitely not. Pharmacists are the last level of protection between you(or your parents, or your children, or your pets) and bad prescriptions. They are also great for recommending over the counter remedies for what ales you. On top of all of this they get to know you and can help make your medication intake more to your liking. To say Pharmacists are as important as doctors may seem like a stretch but it really is not.

An online drugstore can be incredibly convenient but it works best when it is tied into your local pharmacy. This is because there are people who work there familiar with your regular medication intake. These people are also somewhat familiar with your allergies and general temperament, they'll be able to tell if you've been prescribed something that is totally not right for you or if there is a dosage problem that perhaps may be caused by some poor handwriting. Still I generally like the common touch of a real life pharmacy.

I like the ring of the bell as I open the door and I love being greeted by familiar staff. These folks take pride in their work and they definitely should. They've kept my children breathing through asthma attacks and helped me nurse my wife back to health during a really rough flu season. When our cat Gigli was sick they recommended a vet and while we filled her prescription they never forgot to ask how she was. It is pretty special in this day and age to know that the person selling you pet medicine would be so engaged in what is going on with your family.

Recently our youngest had some trouble with a particularly gross medicine she had to take. My pharmacists was able to combine it into a tastier concoction and me and my wife were endlessly grateful that we could give her what she needed without incident. My neighbor recently told me of how the compounding pharmacy service helped his family. His mother, who was well into her 70's had developed some trouble swallowing her pills. Without them she would not survive, but she simply could not get them down. Well thanks to the wonderful work of our local pharmacists they made her medicine into an easily ingested liquid. She is still alive and looking much better lately.

See? These pharmacists truly are a valuable asset.

About the Author
Nate's Pharmacy is a Brooklyn pharmacy specializing in compounding medicines and other health products. For pharmacy services [] and information on pet medications, visit

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