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A pharmacy invoice is a form used by pharmacists to list prescribed and over-the-counter medications that a customer purchased, either showing that payment has been made or is required by a certain date (or immediately). The invoice should always include the payment made by a patient’s insurance which is detailed as co-pay.
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A pharmacy is a place that is licensed to practice the profession of pharmacy and where prescriptions are administered, distributed, and/or sold. In total, there are about 12 different types of pharmacies. A community pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens is a store that is operated by pharmacists who are educated and licensed to dispense prescription (dangerous) drugs. Pharmacies are not places where patients are allowed to receive emergency care nor are they allowed to house medical equipment.
Hospitals typically have an inpatient pharmacy that administers drugs to patients while at the hospital. Before leaving a hospital or care center, a doctor prescribes a prescription to a patient, which is authorized on a note or document which they can take to any pharmacy to obtain their medication. However, not all pharmacies charge the same price for prescription drugs, therefore it’s always best to ask your doctor for guidance as to where prescriptions can be best obtained.
If you live in a largely populated area, there will be many pharmacies to choose from. No matter where you are, chances are that there is a pharmacy right around the corner. The top pharmacies that may be near you include Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Kroger, Publix, Target, Costco, and Heb. There are thousands of individually run pharmacies located all over the United States. Use Google Maps to find the closest pharmacy near you.
Much like doctors, pharmacists go through a rigorous and long education curriculum to gain their doctorate degree (minimum 6 years). There are about 309,000 pharmacist technicians working in the US. Because of the degree of difficulty it takes to become a pharmacist, they on average make over 100k when starting their job.