Are Pharmacists Important for Patient Safety?

Philly.com is reporting an increased trend among physicians to dispense medications directly from their offices rather than write prescriptions that need to be filled in pharmacies. Those who support physicians’ dispensing medication cite patient convenience as the primary reason for supporting this method while those opposed are concerned that a second and
vital check by a pharmacist is missing which could impact patient safety. There is also concern about whether a busy doctor’s office can properly store and label medications so that dangerous drug mistakes aren’t made.

As a patient what do you think of this? Would you be comfortable accepting a prescription straight from a doctor without a pharmacist reviewing it? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.