Chronic pain is a burden to society, affecting more adults than those with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Approximately 116 million adults suffer from chronic pain causing an estimated 515 million days of work missed per year and an estimated $560 – $635 billion due to loss of productivity and additional healthcare costs. It is estimated that Americans spend $750 million on prescription analgesics and $3 billion on over-the-counter pain medications, yet many are still in pain.
A visit with the pharmacist can help you to better understand your pain medications, reduce costs on your prescriptions, and identify areas to optimize your pain relief. In addition, it gives the pharmacist an opportunity to double check for drug and disease state interactions.