Independent community pharmacies received high marks and were rated best among all retail pharmacy outlets in America by an ?eye-popping margin,? according to a nationwide survey of consumer satisfaction published in the October 2003 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
Of the more than 32,000 survey participants, upwards of 85% were very satisfied or completely satisfied with their independent community pharmacy experience, compared with 58% for chain drugstore consumers. Participants said that they preferred independent pharmacies for the following reasons:
?Pharmacists at independent stores were accessible, approachable, easy to talk to, and knowledgeable about medications, both prescription and nonprescription.?
Independents offer extra services ?such as disease-management education, in-store health screenings for cholesterol, services such as compounding, and home delivery.?
Independent pharmacies stock more ?hard-to-find medications? than other pharmacies.
One study linked multiple pregnancies to an increased risk of developing atrial fibrillation later in life, and another investigated the association between premature delivery and cardiovascular disease.
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