Magazine article Drug Topics

Headaches and the Pharmacist

Magazine article Drug Topics

Headaches and the Pharmacist

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It's likely that every pharmacist has dealt with a patient complaining of headache at one time or another. Usually, it's an individual whom the pharmacist may or may not know who shows up at the counter in search of pain relief. Because proper diagnosis and treatment of headache depend on a detailed patient history, many pharmacists in a retail setting do not have the time to counsel headache sufferers-the temptation is there to simply point at the analgesic display and get back to work.

Some pharmacists, however, are making the time.

A dozen community pharmacies throughout Iowa are setting up pharmaceutical care programs that include a migraine management component. Randy P. McDonough, M.S., R.Ph., assistant professor (clinical), division of clinical and administrative pharmacy, University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in Iowa City, who is overseeing the introduction of the programs, said that customization is key. "We try to individualize our services for each patient that comes into the pharmacy," he explained. …

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