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(518) 782-3771

Our Pharmacist
McKenzie Robillard, PharmD

Did you know that a pharmacist can be a key member of your healthcare team? Many people think that pharmacists just dispense medications prescribed by your doctor, but Community Care Physicians' pharmacist offers a wide range of patient care services.

Our pharmacist is available to both patients of Community Care Physicians, P.C. Contact us during normal business hours for more information.

The pharmacist is available by phone or in person to answer questions you may have.

Reconcile Your Medications – Medication Review

You may see different doctors for different conditions. Each doctor may prescribe the medication that pertains to that condition, sometimes not knowing the other drugs you're on. That's where our pharmacist comes in. Our pharmacist can review the list of medications, to double check there are no negative interactions with what you're on. If there is a concern, the pharmacist will contact your physician who prescribed the medication to verify it is appropriate or to get something else prescribed.

Review of Side Effects or Special Instructions

Your doctor likely won't go over every single side effect when giving you a prescription, and the printed information that comes with the medication can be overwhelming. Medications list all the potential side effects, but they may or may not be relevant to you. Community Care Physicians' pharmacist can review these as well as any special instructions when taking the medication, such as whether you need to take it with or without food, whether you need to stay out of the sun, etc.

Advice on Over the Counter (OTC) Products

There are over 300,000 marketed OTC drug products. it is critical that patients consult their pharmacist to maximize the benefits from these medications and minimize the potential for harmful drug interaction and/or side effects. You can speak with our pharmacist to discuss the symptoms you're trying to treat in order to find the best over the counter medication for you. They can make sure you don't duplicate ingredients and that the product is appropriate for the age and weight of the person.

Recommending Generic Alternatives

Our pharmacist can advise you if there is a generic option that is less expensive than a brand name drug. The key difference between generic and a brand name medication is the cost, but not all generics are alike. Community Care's pharmacist can point out which medications may be worth talking to your doctor about.

Community Care Physicians' pharmacist is located at 711 Troy-Schenectady Road, Suite 201, Latham, NY 12110. You can connect with the pharmacist over the phone or in person. For more information call (518) 782-3771.

What if I Miss a Dose?

Accidentally missing a dose of mediation is not unusual, and may not be a cause for concern. However, it's important to know how you should handle this situation if it does happen, and our pharmacist can help.

How Do I Use Medical Devices?

A medical device may be prescribed or recommended by your provider. Community Care Physicians' pharmacist can help you learn how to use your device safely and correctly to increase the benefits and decrease the risks. Our pharmacist can also teach you how to dispose of waste, such as needles, tubing, etc.