Pharmacists very busy these days
It's cold and flu season, and if you are not a doctor working in the ER or a walk-in clinic, then some of the busiest people these days must be phramacists.
Jean-Pierre Chicha is the phramacist at the Maxi in Pincourt. He says, without a doubt, this flu season is much worse than last year's, and his consultations have more than doubled.
"I've noticed, at least, three times more people these past few weeks, than the same time last year," he says.
He says the situation worsened during the holidays with family members passing on their germs to one another. He is seeing a lot of people come in with a nagging cough, fever, and complaining of fatigue.
He says with emergency rooms and clinics overcrowded many people are turning to their local drug store for help.
"People are always worried about going to the hospital or the clinic because they are worried of getting more sick," he explains. "The waits are also usually quite long so people come to us because they find we can answer their questions much more quickly and usually we do a good job."
He has also noticed a jump in sales of over the counter medications.