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How to Build a Self-Care Consulting Practice: Booker

Magazine article Drug Topics

How to Build a Self-Care Consulting Practice: Booker

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How many of you, asked pharmacist Sam Booker, have had a patient come into your drugstore and say, "Gee, doc, I've had this headache for a couple of days now, and I just don't know what to do"? Booker, owner of the Clinical Pharmacy Consultants retail chain based in Kailua, Hawaii, was addressing a group of pharmacists at the annual meeting of the American Pharmaceutical Association, held recently in Seattle.

You solicit some information from the desperate soul, Booker continued, and you recommend an over-the-counter drug. The patient follows your advice and discovers, after a reasonable period of time, that he or she is pain free.

Well, this R.Ph. advice may have prevented the cost of a doctor or hospital visit. Therefore, said Booker, pharmacists shouldn't be afraid to parlay their expertise in this area into a self-care consulting practice that includes not only patient counseling but also the compounding of over-the-counter drugs.

Booker, who also holds a doctoral degree in public health, told the pharmacists at the session that a self-care consulting system should involve taking a patient's history, analyzing his/her problem, and then making a recommendation. In addition, "whether the recommendation is a nonprescription medication or a referral to a physician, a pharmacist should charge a fee" for the in-depth review of the patient's condition, Booker emphasized.

As part of the self-care service, pharmacists might want to consider the compounding of OTC drugs.

"I'm not talking about creating an entirely new brand of Robitussin," Booker said. …

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