June is Men’s Health Awareness Month, a good time to ensure you’re taking the best steps for your health. And an important part of maintaining your urological health is having a clear understanding of any medication you need to take to treat issues such as a bladder or urinary tract infection, erectile dysfunction, or prostate cancer. That’s where the RGU Pharmacy can help.
“The RGU Pharmacy was initially set up to focus on medication for advanced prostate cancer, including Zytiga, Xtandi, and Erleada.” says John Bodlien, PharmD, RGU’s dedicated pharmacist. “We’ve since expanded to include other medications like Tadalafil (Cialis) and Sildenafil (Viagra).” Dr. Bodlien notes that there are several benefits to having a smaller, more focused pharmacy available for RGU patients, including access to experts in understanding these medications.
Access to urological expertise
The RGU Pharmacy is a Class A, physician-owned pharmacy. That means when an RGU doctor prescribes one of the available medications, the RGU Pharmacy works closely with that doctor to ensure the patient gets the right prescription and dosage for their needs. “If you have a question and can’t reach your urologist, you can call me,” says Dr. Bodlien. He often counsels patients, explaining proper use, checking in on side effects, working to adjust the dosage if necessary, and, for patients taking multiple medications, completing a drug interaction check to ensure they don’t conflict.
Quality customer service
One benefit of a small pharmacy is the proactive care the pharmacist provides. Dr. Bodlien is known for offering an extra level of service to the patient. “I check in on our patients about three weeks after they start a prescription to ensure they are doing ok and not experiencing any unusual or extreme side effects,” he says. If they are, he will counsel them on how to minimize or stop medication while he works with their urologist on next steps. Patients also receive notifications when it’s time to refill a prescription.
Discounted medication costs
The RGU Pharmacy also offers competitive pricing, with medications like Tadalafil (Cialis) and Sildenafil (Viagra) available at a 20 percent savings compared to other pharmacies. The pharmacist also works closely with the RGU staff on insurance coverage, helping patients navigate any challenges with insurance they may encounter.
If you’re currently a patient at RGU and in need of a prescription, contact your urologist today for a consultation. Have a question about a current prescription through RGU? Call the pharmacy at 915-225-2016. The pharmacy is open 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays.