Alright .....maybe not an affair but definitely have a relationship with him/her. I know that a lot of people feel it's important to have a good relationship with their doctor but what about your pharmacist?
Do you always go to the same pharmacy? Do you think your pharmacist knows who you are? Why should you have a relationship with that pharmacist?
Years ago I dated a pharmacist, he was a brilliant guy but not much on relationships... I sure hope that he was better with his patients than he was with relating to me.
I am naturally the kind of person that desires to have a relationship with whoever I do business with; my bankers, my hairdresser, my dentist. I like to be a "Norm" (remember the guy from Cheers) where ever I am. It only recently occurred to me that not everyone sees the value in forming a relationship with their pharmacist. Let me tell you why I think you should and why my own pharmacist thinks you should.
Better service and better health: I have always received recommendations from my pharmacist for OTC and prescription drugs. Your doctor knows about symptoms and ailments but it's the pharmacist who knows about the drugs. Think about it, why would you ask the doctor a lot of questions about a drug when it's the pharmacist who specializes in it? Many times when I have suspected that I had a symptom , I would go ask my pharmacist about it and ask what they recommended, that way, I could take control over what sort of drug I might need.
I asked my pharmacist, Dr. Troy Albright, what sort of relationship he thinks patients should have with their pharmacist and he believes it's important to have a triad relationship. The patient at the top of the triangle and then the bottom points are the pharmacist and the doctor. All 3 should be working together to create a plan for health for the patient. He also feels that if your pharmacist or doctor are not available for a relationship that perhaps there is someone who could better serve you. That thought reminded me of a time about 15 years ago when I was doctor shopping. I got a recommendation from my OB/GYN for an internal doc.