The Role of Pharmacies in Pain Medication Management


Pharmacies play an important role in the pain medication management as they have the responsibility to check if the patients are receiving the appropriate therapies and medications. What other roles they have in pain medication management? Let us find out.

Suggest Effective Treatment

Pharmacists working with pharmacies don’t just help patients with proper assessment of pain but also suggest a highly effective treatment. They are mindful of any additional issues that go unnoticed by the patient’s prescriber while simultaneously minimizing any risk involved with it. In this way, pharmacists can thus help patients relieve any sort of pain associated with medicines and also help their
pharmacies establish a strong long-term relationship with the patients.

Help Detect Patient’s Underlying Mental Health Issues

Under pain medication management, pharmacies can also suggest the patients to get additional follow-ups with the provider. It is a fact that many of the patients who visit pharmacies sometimes have underlying mental health issues that go unnoticed and untreated. In such cases, pharmacists can often detect such problems with the patients earlier than the patient’s provider.

Other Ways Pharmacies Contribute in Pain Medication Management The pharmacies basically monitor the four A’s for the patient: analgesia, activities of daily living, adverse events, and aberrant drug behaviors. Apart from this, pharmacies:

● Can help minimize risk associated with using pain medications.
● They also advice patients regarding non-prescribed medicines.

● Make the patients aware of the benefits of the essential supplements, vitamins, and minerals that are often purchased along with the typical medicines like paracetamol and analgesics at the pharmacy.
● Pharmacists can potentially spot patient’s problems before the prescriber


Given the multiple implementation challenges that come with pharmacy-directed pain management, having pharmacies involved in the process of pain medication management proves beneficial. This is because pharmacists can help make important decisions that can save both lives and money while improving the quality of life for patients.