Hamilton pharmacists helping during pandemic

Community Apr 16, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Sony Poulose is reminding the public that Hamilton pharmacists can be a big help during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Pharmacists can help patients avoid unnecessary emergency room visits,” said the pharmacist/manager of the Sherman IDA Pharmacy on Upper Sherman. “They can give you some advice.”

Poulose said local pharmacists will discuss a person’s symptoms over the phone and help them decide if they should self-isolate or see a doctor.

Some pharmacists can even help arrange an online or telephone session with a doctor for people who don’t have a family physician.

He noted people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and respiratory problems have challenged immune systems and must stay at home and get someone to pick up their groceries and medications for them.

“Use delivery services,” he said.

Poulose said pharmacists can look after all prescriptions, including most refills, over the phone.

He can be reached at 905-318-9996.

Rami Safi is the professional affairs lead for the Hamilton and District Pharmacy Association which represents some 250 pharmacist owners in the area.

He said the public sees pharmacists as a “credible and trusted” source of information.

“We are one the most accessible sources for health information,” he said. “The current crisis has made this more apparent and particularly acute.”

Safi said he is hearing frequently from pharmacy owners about an acute shortage of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and gowns.

Back at the Sherman IDA Pharmacy, while things have calmed down in recent days, Poulose noted his pharmacy was very busy in mid-March with things like gloves, face masks, thermometers, Tylenol and vitamin C flying off the shelves.

“Gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and thermometers are all on backorder,” said Poulose, who doesn’t know when a new supply of those items will be delivered and the multi-service clinic at the south-central Mountain location is essentially closed.

Poulose said doctor’s appointments are being done on-line and the physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy services are on hold indefinitely.

He and his two staff are wearing masks and gloves, practicing social distancing and doing enhanced cleaning.

“We advise customers not to touch the products unless the are buying it,” he said.

Poulose noted anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies should stock up on their over-the-counter medications now.

Hamilton pharmacists helping during the coronavirus pandemic

Sherman IDA pharmacist says help is just a phone call away

Community Apr 16, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Sony Poulose is reminding the public that Hamilton pharmacists can be a big help during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Pharmacists can help patients avoid unnecessary emergency room visits,” said the pharmacist/manager of the Sherman IDA Pharmacy on Upper Sherman. “They can give you some advice.”

Poulose said local pharmacists will discuss a person’s symptoms over the phone and help them decide if they should self-isolate or see a doctor.

Some pharmacists can even help arrange an online or telephone session with a doctor for people who don’t have a family physician.

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He noted people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and respiratory problems have challenged immune systems and must stay at home and get someone to pick up their groceries and medications for them.

“Use delivery services,” he said.

Poulose said pharmacists can look after all prescriptions, including most refills, over the phone.

He can be reached at 905-318-9996.

Rami Safi is the professional affairs lead for the Hamilton and District Pharmacy Association which represents some 250 pharmacist owners in the area.

He said the public sees pharmacists as a “credible and trusted” source of information.

“We are one the most accessible sources for health information,” he said. “The current crisis has made this more apparent and particularly acute.”

Safi said he is hearing frequently from pharmacy owners about an acute shortage of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and gowns.

Back at the Sherman IDA Pharmacy, while things have calmed down in recent days, Poulose noted his pharmacy was very busy in mid-March with things like gloves, face masks, thermometers, Tylenol and vitamin C flying off the shelves.

“Gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and thermometers are all on backorder,” said Poulose, who doesn’t know when a new supply of those items will be delivered and the multi-service clinic at the south-central Mountain location is essentially closed.

Poulose said doctor’s appointments are being done on-line and the physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy services are on hold indefinitely.

He and his two staff are wearing masks and gloves, practicing social distancing and doing enhanced cleaning.

“We advise customers not to touch the products unless the are buying it,” he said.

Poulose noted anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies should stock up on their over-the-counter medications now.

Hamilton pharmacists helping during the coronavirus pandemic

Sherman IDA pharmacist says help is just a phone call away

Community Apr 16, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Sony Poulose is reminding the public that Hamilton pharmacists can be a big help during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Pharmacists can help patients avoid unnecessary emergency room visits,” said the pharmacist/manager of the Sherman IDA Pharmacy on Upper Sherman. “They can give you some advice.”

Poulose said local pharmacists will discuss a person’s symptoms over the phone and help them decide if they should self-isolate or see a doctor.

Some pharmacists can even help arrange an online or telephone session with a doctor for people who don’t have a family physician.

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He noted people with pre-existing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and respiratory problems have challenged immune systems and must stay at home and get someone to pick up their groceries and medications for them.

“Use delivery services,” he said.

Poulose said pharmacists can look after all prescriptions, including most refills, over the phone.

He can be reached at 905-318-9996.

Rami Safi is the professional affairs lead for the Hamilton and District Pharmacy Association which represents some 250 pharmacist owners in the area.

He said the public sees pharmacists as a “credible and trusted” source of information.

“We are one the most accessible sources for health information,” he said. “The current crisis has made this more apparent and particularly acute.”

Safi said he is hearing frequently from pharmacy owners about an acute shortage of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and gowns.

Back at the Sherman IDA Pharmacy, while things have calmed down in recent days, Poulose noted his pharmacy was very busy in mid-March with things like gloves, face masks, thermometers, Tylenol and vitamin C flying off the shelves.

“Gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and thermometers are all on backorder,” said Poulose, who doesn’t know when a new supply of those items will be delivered and the multi-service clinic at the south-central Mountain location is essentially closed.

Poulose said doctor’s appointments are being done on-line and the physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy services are on hold indefinitely.

He and his two staff are wearing masks and gloves, practicing social distancing and doing enhanced cleaning.

“We advise customers not to touch the products unless the are buying it,” he said.

Poulose noted anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies should stock up on their over-the-counter medications now.