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Pharmacists expanding role in Californians’ health care
San Francisco Chronicle

Elba Santos, 63, rolled up her black trousers so Ryan Gates could examine her shins and feet. Gates touched a beet-red area, asking if it hurt. Santos winced and nodded. “Even just from breathing, the pain hurts down here,” she said.

Gates noted unusual glucose levels in her daily blood sugar log, ordered a new medication to reduce water retention in her feet and legs and another for her blood pressure, and told her to return in a week.

Then he reminded her to visit her doctor for other health issues.