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medicine, it is important to make sure you know what the medication is, how you are supposed to take the medication, and ensure that you carry through with any requirements regarding the use of that medication. If you are ever uncertain, it is important to return to the pharmacy, or contact the pharmacy before starting the medication. For those taking medication, it is also important to inform the doctor and pharmacist of any ‘sideeffects’ you may experience when taking a medication. Side-effects are undesirable effects that a drug might give you. It is also important to ask the doctor or pharmacist before starting, stopping or changing your medication and the dosing. As you can see, changing the medication or changing the way you take a medication can be the difference between therapy and toxicity. Furthermore, the knowledge of pharmacists is as broad as it is deep. In order to understand the intricate relationship between chemical compounds, the human

body and health, pharmacists spend years of study and training to understand chemistry, the human body, and health as separate subjects, as well as integrating the three aspects. As such, pharmacists can provide great information about general health concerns or point you in the right direction if they are unsure. With the growing pressure on doctors, and growing lines in medical waiting-rooms, you might want to try visiting your local pharmacist first, as they might be able to save both time and money. It is ironic that the story of modern pharmacy, a profession that uses chemicals for improving health and saving lives, was essentially founded on poisons and deaths. In the space of approximately 200 years, the science of pharmacy has united chemistry, biology and mathematics to discover new and sophisticated ways to bring longer and better lives to the human species, and even other forms of life. In history, falling ill was often marked by death, but the science of pharmacy has lead us to often

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take recovery from illness and disease for granted. Through the field of pharmacy, we have been able to find methods for saving lives against pneumonia, make diabetes a manageable condition, and has even played a key role in eradicating small-pox and hopefully soon, malaria. Perhaps the most significant and most overlooked impact of pharmaceutical-science has been the reality that many of us no longer need to live with pain. The depth and range of knowledge and research required to achieve all this is a testament to this central role in the conquest for better health today, and tomorrow. Thus, if you need advice on general health, medicine, vitamins, food, pain and more, that person at the back of the small corner-shop pharmacy might be able to help you more than you realise. All you have to do is walk in, and ask.

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