Health care experts are divided on which is better: medical or pharmacy.
Here’s what they say.
By Sam Siegel, Associated PressFor most people, the most immediate benefit of being able to purchase prescription drugs is the convenience it provides.
The price of a prescription drug typically goes up with each prescription a patient fills, with each new medication a pharmacy may need to stock.
For people who need a little more time to make the switch, however, a medical prescription can be a lifesaver.
It means they can go back to their doctor in a pinch if they get sick or need to go to the hospital.
For some, that means a trip to the doctor for a minor illness, which can be the difference between getting better and a lifetime of suffering.
For others, that same prescription can also provide a lifeline for their health, even if they’re in an expensive place.
For many people, that prescription can help them stay afloat financially, and for others, it can help save money in the short-term.
Some of the prescription drugs that can help pay for treatment for minor illnesses, such as flu shots and allergy medications, can also be lifesavers for some people.
For others, prescription drugs like Cialis and Lipitor can help make a quick decision about getting their medication.
There are also medical conditions that can be treated for and/or with prescription drugs.
For example, a cancer patient could be given a combination of drugs that might save their life.
The answer to which is more important is not a simple one, said Dr. Peter DeGroot, a professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and director of the University’s Cancer Center.
It depends on the individual patient, what they need and whether they’re willing to do some research, DeGroots said.
For example, some people may want to avoid getting a prescription for pain medications, but they also want to use their existing medications for minor pain and/o symptoms.
Or someone with type 1 diabetes may want a prescription that will help reduce their insulin use.
For these patients, DeGsroot said, “it’s best to choose the medication you think will do the best job of providing you with the shortest treatment window.
That’s where it really comes down to personal choice.”