How Sick People Get Their Medicines: A Primer for Children of All Ages
- The patient visits the doctor because he does not feel well.
- Because of his training, the doctor decides the best medicine to treat the patient’s illness.
- After examining the patient, if needed, the doctor writes a prescription saying that its okay for the patient to have a particular medicine.
- The pharmacist fills the prescription providing the medicine to the patient OR
- A nurse administers or gives the medicine to the patient. This may be a shot or injection; a pill or a liquid in a cup or spoon.
- Remember: Never use someone else’s medicine. It may not work for your symptoms – and it could cause you serious harm.
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