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Pharmacy can help students, their doctors to transition to on-campus learning

“We can work with students and on-campus doctors to ease the process at a time when students are often transitioning to managing their own health care,” said Christie Daiss, PharmD, MSU Health Care clinical pharmacist. “We want students to know we’re here to help.”

The MSU Health Care Pharmacy works to make every Spartan’s health management easier with a variety of efficient and convenient services. Located at 4660 South Hagadorn Road, the MSU Pharmacy offers conventional prescription filling, curbside pickup, over-the-counter medications, vaccines, and more.

“We can work with students and on-campus doctors to ease the process at a time when students are often transitioning to managing their own health care,” said Christie Daiss, PharmD, MSU Health Care clinical pharmacist. “We want students to know we’re here to help.”

Free Delivery

A popular service for students is free delivery on and around campus. The pharmacy will deliver prescriptions within a 30-mile radius of the Michigan State University campus, Monday through Friday. While someone must be present to receive the delivery, students can designate a roommate or other individual to sign for their order. The on-campus service can also deliver OTC or over-the-counter products and pick up written prescriptions. For on-campus students, orders submitted by the close of the pharmacy’s business day can be delivered the next business day, or one to two days after for students living off-campus. The delivery service is a convenient option for students who may want to minimize their trips to the pharmacy.

Don’t share medication

There are several dangers associated with sharing prescription medication. MSU Health Care Pharmacy advises all patients of the dangers of shared medications. As prescription drug abuse continues to rise, knowledge about the dangers of sharing medications is a vital part of your health care regimen. Students sharing prescription drugs put their health at risk if they run out of doses, leaving their condition unmanaged.

Students taking medication not prescribed to them face health risks including unknown and potentially serious side effects, drug interactions, allergic reactions, and the possibility for overdose.

In addition to the negative health impacts, sharing prescription drugs is illegal for both parties involved. “A prescription is considered a legal document intended for the person whose name is on it,” Daiss said. “If you feel like you are in need of a prescription, see your provider so they can advise on what is right for you.”

Ask a pharmacist

Students have the ability to consult a pharmacist over the phone or in-person regarding any questions or concerns when it comes to OTC and prescription drugs. Pharmacists can go over how the medication works, what students can expect from their medication, and any side effects to look out for and how to handle them. MSU Health Care pharmacists can also advise on when and how students should take their medications to prevent side effects and drug interactions.

To contact the MSU Health Care Pharmacy, call 517.353.3500, email msuhealthcarepharmacy@msu.edu, or visit in person. Students are also able to create an online profile at pharmacy.msu.edu to manage prescriptions, access patient forms, and download the MSU Health Care Pharmacy app.