The Role of a Pharmacist in Healthcare

By Alpesh Patel

The pharmaceutical industry is one that has existed in the realm of healthcare since the very beginning of medicine. When chemists first introduced medicine to the world, it helped the human race live longer and beat diseases and illnesses mankind could never have thought of surviving. One of the many attributes of a chemist – who is better known as a pharmacist today, is keeping patients adherent to their medication.

A lesser-known fact is that a pharmacist is the most easily accessible healthcare provider in the United States with a Doctorate degree and available at every point in the patient’s recovery to be able to assist with medications, provide advice and knowledge at no additional cost. In most cases, at chain pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, etc. Pharmacists are short-staffed with technicians who usually perform store duties like counting pills and cashing out customers at the register. But unfortunately, they are the most under-utilized healthcare professionals for the knowledge they portray, and typically utilized for these administrative work that can be performed by technicians.

While we all hear about how important it is to keep your health in check, we often overlook the fact that the most important piece of the puzzle is medication adherence. No matter what your age or illness might be – medication adherence is key to helping you get better. Doctors can help diagnose the problem, but if the patient does not take the medication everyday or every month, they won’t get better from those health issues. The majority of healthcare expenses are being spent on hospitalization, re-hospitalization, and emergency visits.

Let’s take a step back and think about why medication adherence is important, and how a pharmacist plays a role in it. The first and foremost step is diagnosis. Doctors find out what is wrong with the patient’s health and diagnose the issue and write a prescription to solve the issue. The second step is the prescription itself, which is the solution that a pharmacist will help the patient with.

While the healthcare industry is growing immensely, the gap between physician consult, pharmacist consult, and prescription dispense is getting larger. Currently, out of 100 prescriptions, only 33 actually even get to the patient. 90% of the reason prescriptions don’t get to the patient is due to cost, convenience, and consultation. The role of a pharmacist is to follow the doctor’s diagnosis instructions, and the second most important role is to educate the patient through consultation about their recovery plan and medication.

Healthcare in the United States is a huge expense to many but educating yourself about the healthcare system will help you beat the monopoly and save major costs!


Bell Pharmacy in Camden, New Jersey Becomes Newest ravkoo™ Network Affiliate, Providing Free Same-Day Rx Delivery

ravkoo™, the digital pharmacy platform, today announced that Bell Pharmacy in Camden, New Jersey is now a member of its ever-expanding affiliate network of independent pharmacies. As an affiliate, Bell Pharmacy can now offer its customers free, same-day prescription delivery within an exclusive 10-mile radius. This benefits the pharmacy’s customers as well as the pharmacy itself, as a business. ravkoo affiliate pharmacies achieve a Return on Investment (ROI) with a marked increase in foot traffic and a much more user-friendly customer prescription system.

“As the oldest pharmacy in the city, Bell Pharmacy of Camden New Jersey maintains its 90-year commitment to providing a traditional neighborhood pharmacy experience,” said Anthony V. Minniti, Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) and Owner of Bell Pharmacy in Camden. “We’ve built upon that foundation and are leading the way with next-generation pharmacy innovations. Our strategic partnership with ravkoo’s online platform brings Bell Pharmacy’s old-fashioned service to more patients through ravkoo’s expert technology. The collaboration is exciting and represents the future of independent community pharmacies.”

The ravkoo Hub can be accessed through a smart phone, computer or a ravkoo Pharmacy Kiosk. When the ravkoo™ Hub receives a prescription from a medical provider, or when a patient sends a prescription to ravkoo™, the Hub uses the patient’s zip code to locate the closest ravkoo-affiliated pharmacy—which then dispenses the medication. Bell Pharmacy in Camden, New Jersey is the newest ravkoo™ affiliate, joining pharmacies across the United States in providing free, same-day delivery for patients nationwide.

ravkoo™ is a digital Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform with approximately 400 nationwide pharmacy distribution centers in over 110 major cities. ravkoo™ provides free same-day delivery to its patients’ doorsteps and its mission is to improve patient medication compliance through convenience, consultation and fair pricing.