10 Steps to Choosing the Pharmacy That's Right for You
February 12, 2013
Complimentary delivery and/or mail order and special packaging are offered by ALL HIV specialty pharmacies. Most of the pharmacies also automatically refill your prescriptions each month, which helps you with adherence just in case you forget to call the pharmacy for a refill.
Are you comfortable with the privacy policies of your pharmacy and comfortable that your confidentiality will not be breached? Remember the pharmacy cannot disclose any of your health information to an employer, spouse, child, family member or anyone who comes into the pharmacy or calls the pharmacy without you expressly giving the pharmacy written permission with the names of those who can pick up your medications, receive your medications on delivery, or ask anything else about your medications.
Here are two examples of how your confidentiality could be breached (these actually happened):
It is your right to go wherever you choose for your pharmacy services. You may switch pharmacies as many times as you want to, until YOU feel completely comfortable. It is against the law for the pharmacy to offer you gifts or bribe you to either stay with their pharmacy, or move to their pharmacy, and it is unethical to make you feel bad or make you feel guilty about leaving and moving to another pharmacy. Again, REMEMBER THAT IT'S YOUR RIGHT!!!!!!
It is extremely important that the HIV specialty pharmacy that you choose is a member of the community and/or is very involved and committed to the HIV community. The pharmacy must support local events and activities in the community and at local AIDS service organizations. Here are a few examples:
The compassion and commitment of the pharmacy is exhibited in their involvement and work in the community.
Michelle J. Sherman, R.Ph., A.A.H.I.V.P., is a nationally recognized HIV specialist pharmacist practicing in Orange County, Calif.
Read Michelle's blog, Ask Your Online HIV Pharmacist.
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