Installation pharmacy self-care programs

Hands holding prescription cases
Hands holding prescription cases

Installation pharmacy self-care programs

by Shereece Spain
Stripes Europe

Often times we logically think our first stop for over-the-counter medications should be a retail store - The Exchange or the Commissary. We tend to skip over preventative care products because we don’t want to spend the money. It is not commonly known that you can get many of the same supplements, medications or basic care items at your local Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) pharmacy. The best part is the products are FREE for authorized patrons.

How it works

Each MTF pharmacy may have different requirements. For example, you may have to take a class before utilizing the program at some installations. Other locations, you will complete a form or simply talk with a pharmacist to explain the symptoms or conditions. Then they’ll provide the appropriate product for treatment. Regardless, you will still need to provide the proper identification and verify your or your dependent’s date of birth. The program was not designed for you to stockpile medicine, so there will be a cap on the number of items you can receive.

Types of available products

Each location may not have the same brand or products available. However, in general they provide medicines to treat allergies, aches and pains, colds, upset stomach, fever and more. Recently nicotine replacement products – patches, gum, and lozenges – were added to help you stop smoking.

Next time you’re at your local MTF pharmacy, ask the pharmacist or technician if they have an available program and their protocol to utilize it. With this program in place, you may reduce the need for a doctor’s appointment, are more likely to treat symptoms, and can improve your overall wellness.

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