Pharmacists play an important role in advising patients about the use of vitamins and nutrition supplements, says dietician and British Dietetic Association spokesperson Clare Thornton-Wood. That makes them ideally placed to explain latest guidance about vitamin D.
“Pharmacists can assist patients in assessing whether they really require vitamins and supplements, ensure the dosage is appropriate, and take into consideration interactions with other medications and possible allergies,” she says. “They can also signpost patients to obtain more detailed advice from another qualified healthcare professional, such as a registered dietitian, if required.”
Ms Thornton-Wood adds: “The majority of the population can get everything they need to be healthy by eating a healthy, balanced diet based on Public Health England's Eatwell Guide, and do not require vitamins