Access Point Healthcare
Tarik Shaaban, MD
Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Integrative Medicine located in Panama City, FL
When you need medication, your provider writes a prescription — a set of instructions — on what medication you need and how you need to take the medication. This process is called prescription dispensation. Family medicine physician Tarik Shaaban, MD, offers both prescription and medication dispensation from his practice at Access Point Healthcare in Panama City, Florida. Call the office to find out how you can benefit from this convenient service.
Prescription Dispensation Q & A
What is a prescription?
A prescription is a set of instructions written by a physician detailing how a patient’s treatment should be prepared and administered. It includes how, when, and how frequently you should take the medicine, a list of its ingredients and quantities, and the directions to be printed on the medication’s container.
Dr. Shaaban can provide you with a prescription in several ways:
- A paper prescription you take to the pharmacy yourself
- A digital prescription linked to the electronic medical record
- By emailing or calling the prescription into the pharmacy himself
Speak with Dr. Shaaban about which process works best for you.
What's the difference between prescription dispensation and medicine dispensation?
A prescription dispensation is the act of issuing a prescription. Medicine dispensation is the act of fulfilling the prescription, that is, following the instructions so the patient can receive the treatment ordered by their physician.
Access Point Healthcare offers a convenient prescription and medicine dispensation service. Call the office to learn more.
What questions should you ask before prescription dispensation?
Many people accept their prescription without a second thought. But several questions should be asked to ensure that you fully understand what you have been prescribed.
What are the benefits and risks of taking this drug?
All drugs have benefits and risks. Dr. Shaaban will have determined that the benefits outweigh the risks when prescribing the medicine. He’s happy to talk you through these so you can ask further questions.
What will happen if I don't take this medication?
Around 50% of people fail to follow prescription instructions correctly — either by not taking all the medication as prescribed or missing doses. This can delay recovery or could lead to further health problems. It’s important to know what can happen if you don’t take your medication as prescribed.
Are allergic reactions common?
It’s helpful to know if there’s a chance of an allergic reaction and what a typical reaction looks like. This allows you to prepare if an allergic reaction is abnormal and not worry too much if it’s not.
Does my insurance cover this drug?
Some health plans cover only certain brands or types of medicine, which might not include the medication your doctor prescribed. Usually, there’s an alternative available that contains the same ingredients as the formula your physician prescribed. Access Point Healthcare works with you to find the most cost-effective way to get the medication you need.
Save a trip to the pharmacy and take care of all your prescription services in one place. Call Access Point Healthcare today to find out more.