It seems there are pharmacies on every corner these days. But what exactly should a local pharmacy be about? When trying to decide which pharmacy to go with the first thing is to make sure they take they type of insurance you have. Another thing a local pharmacy should have is a knowledgeable and helpful pharmacist and staff. The pharmacist should be up to date on all of the newest medications and should be able to answer any question you have about a medication. The staff should be up to date on certain insurance issues. A local pharmacy should also have someone who is knowledgeable about any and all recalls of any type of medication. And the local pharmacies should let you know either by calling you or writing you to inform you about any recalls of any medication you are taking. A local pharmacy does not have to be open 24 hours but should at least have an emergency phone number to get a hold of a pharmacist. Some people look for a local pharmacy that is small and has been in business for quite some time. Yet some people want a local pharmacy that is open 24 hours, has a drive through window, carries name brand items, and basically has it all in one store. Local pharmacies should always provide you with information on what the medication is you are to take, what the side effects are, how to take the medication, any drug interactions, and any allergy information.