Over the course of the last fifteen years, I've had a lot of involvement with pharmaceutical compliance and persistence programs. As a matter of fact, I had the pleasure to work with Dr. Dorothy Smith who wrote the book Understanding Prescription Drugs. But before that, as a general consumer, I always had questions like: What does four times a day really mean? Of course, such questions were much harder to have answered quickly without access to the Internet (I didn't have Internet access prior to 1994 and tools like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic Family Handbook Online, the Diabetes Pharmacist Blog, and Consumer-Health didn't exist back then). I do remember being able to chat with my local pharmacist during business hours. We were on a first name basis and he would deliver prescriptions to our door if we were too sick to walk one block to the apothocary.
Today, Joel Shpigel, the Diabetes Pharmacist, answers a number of these questions in his blog. I urge you to check it out! And when you're done, check out his online pharmacy (Focus Express Mail Pharmacy). It's nice to know there's a place to go where you actually get to speak to a friendly pharmacist, ask questions and get your prescriptions filled without the hastle of walking into a giant store only to be confronted with candy, high-calorie snacks, sodas and all the other highly-marketed carbs that contribute to obesity and diabetes!
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