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Pharmacists Can Do It!

Your local pharmacy is more than just a place to pick up your medications. Your local pharmacist is a highly trained and skilled member of your health care team.

eleven Things Kansas Pharmacists Can Do For You

Test & Treat

As of July 1, 2022, Kansas pharmacists are now able to initiate therapy within the framework of a statewide protocol for influenza, streptococcal pharyngitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infection. The collaborative drug therapy management advisory committee, working through the Kansas Board of Pharmacy, established the statewide protocol for each condition.

Medication Administration

As of July 1, 2019, Kansas pharmacists are now able to administer prescription injections to you accompanied by a prescription from a physician. This is a great opportunity for you to save time waiting at your local doctor’s office and to stop by your local pharmacy for your injection. Ask your pharmacist about this new option.


In the state of Kansas, pharmacists can provide the flu shot to those six years and older. They can provide other routine vaccinations for those 12 years and older. The next time you stop by your pharmacy, be sure to ask about catching up on your immunizations!

Preventing Overdose

It’s likely you’ve heard the recent news surrounding opioids. Many Kansas pharmacists have signed statewide protocol to directly dispense a medication to you to help prevent opioid overdose. If you are nervous about you or someone you love, ask your pharmacist about naloxone to keep you safe from opioid overdose.

Medication Management and Disposal

Pharmacists are medication experts. They are highly trained individuals who not only counsel you on your medications but can also assist you in learning how to use complicated devices including insulin pens, glucose monitors, inhalers and more. Since December 16, 2011, some licensed Kansas Pharmacies can dispose of unwanted or unused drugs to helping to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Managing Health Conditions

Those recent cholesterol values you just got back from the doctor’s office? Your pharmacist can help you interpret these values and more. They can assist you in learning about taking care of your health now to prevent or lessen health conditions later on. Your local pharmacist has experience with many common conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. They are qualified to take your blood pressure and can assist in glucose monitoring and cholesterol testing. They are an excellent and accessible resource for you to use. Additionally, Kansas pharmacists, since 2014, have been able to enter into collaborative practice agreements with physicians. Once a physician has diagnosed an individual with a condition, they give the pharmacist authority to help manage the condition. This allows pharmacists to start, stop or change medications depending on the protocol. (For example, say a physician told you that you have diabetes. He may send you to a pharmacist who can help manage your diabetic medications and overall care.)

Stopping Tobacco Use

Pharmacists can offer recommendations on different ways to stop the use of tobacco including over-the-counter options including the patch, gum or lozenge. If those haven’t worked for you, your pharmacist can contact your doctor to possibly start you on a medication that can help you stop tobacco use.

Wellness Resource

Your pharmacist is there to help you take care of your health. They are trained to not only provide recommendations on medications, but they can also provide you resources on healthy living, diet and exercise.

Over-the-Counter Medication Selections

Have you ever stopped to notice just how many options for there are for over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen? Instead, maybe you are interested in learning more about a popular natural medicine that just came on the market. Your pharmacist can assist you in your selections to make sure they are a safe option for you.

Medical Equipment

Are you in need of medical equipment? Look no further than your local pharmacy. They may be able to provide you with what you are looking for or can direct you to someone who can help.

Pet Medications

Did you know that you can have your pet’s medication filled at your local pharmacy? Many of the medications vets prescribe are the same as those used in humans. So the next time Spot gets sick, be sure to ask about filling his medications at your local pharmacy!

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