VANCOUVER, June 21 /CNW/ - The BC Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is
encouraging residents to talk to their community pharmacist prior to
embarking on summer holidays.
While you're caught up in the excitement of planning and organizing your
holiday, consider visiting your community pharmacist for advice about
your medications. Visiting your pharmacist is a quick and easy way to
check off one box on your vacation 'to-do' list, along with the list of
things you need to pick up for your holiday.
Pharmacists can assist with all sorts of medication inquiries such as
those travelling in different time zones that need help amending their
dosage schedules. They can also advise residents on whether taking
certain prescriptions or over-the-counter meds would cause a reaction
if the user is exposed to sunlight, heat or alcohol. Consulting with
your pharmacist about these issues can give you peace of mind on your
"Pharmacists are the medication experts," said Marnie Mitchell, BCPhA
CEO. "British Columbians can really benefit from taking the time to
talk with their pharmacist to make sure they get the best health
outcomes from their medications."
"Whether you've got a chronic condition or just want to be prepared in
the event of an emergency, seeking out your pharmacist ahead of time
can save you a lot of time and money when abroad," said Mitchell.
Visiting your pharmacist can also help you check off other important
items on your vacation checklist, including stocking up on sunscreen,
first-aid kits and any over-the-counter meds that you may need, such as
allergy and motion sickness pills and anti-itch cream. Your pharmacist
can offer great advice on what to bring with you to ensure you get the
most from your holiday.
Before you go on your summer vacation, your local community pharmacist
Review your medication to make sure you have enough for the duration of
Help you adjust your dosing schedule to make sure you avoid missing
doses when travelling across time zones;
Arrange for a prescription refill upon your return home in the event
that you lose your luggage;
Give advice on how to avoid travel sickness and prevent travelers'
Provide advice on any over-the-counter medications you might need for
your trip, such as sunscreen; and
Your pharmacist may also be able to administer injections.
Pharmacists are accessible and conveniently located throughout the
province. Visit http://www.bcpharmacy.ca and enter your postal code in
the "Find a Pharmacy" box to find the nearest BCPhA member pharmacist
Visit www.bcpharmacy.ca to find out more.
Notes to editors:
The British Columbia Pharmacy Association (BCPhA) is a not-for-profit,
voluntary, professional association of pharmacists and pharmacies. It
represents more than 2,200 pharmacists and 700 pharmacies throughout
SOURCE British Columbia Pharmacy Association
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