Pharmacists are experts in medicine. In a pharmacist job you fill prescriptions, customize mixed medicines, help doctors decide which medications to use, keep patients from taking multiple drugs that interact badly and educate consumers about how to use medications safely. They also give information and look out for patients, physicians, and other health sections on the selection dosages, interactions, and side effects of medication. They also monitor the health and progress of those patients to make sure that they are using their medications safely and effectively. The actual mixing of ingredients to form medications is a small part of a pharmacist's practice because most medicines are produced by pharmaceutical companies in standard dosages and drug delivery forms. Most pharmacists work in a community setting such as a retail drugstore, or in a healthcare facility such as a hospital. Pharmacists in community pharmacies dispense medications, counsel patients on the use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and advise physicians about medication therapy. They also give information about general health topics such as diet, exercise, and stress management, and provide information on products. Also they complete third-party insurance forms and other paperwork.
Becoming a pharmacist allows you to have a flexible working schedule. If you are someone who loves taking control of your own time then this is definitely a good career option for you. Being a pharmacist it’s up to you to choose what time you would want to work because there are different schedules depending on where you’ll be working. For example there are drug retail stores that have the routine 8-hour schedule, but that’s just one option. Other than that you may also consider being employed by other companies that allow you to have 7 working days for at least 12 hours per shift. If you do the 12 hour shift you would have the option of either resting the next 7 days or continue accepting more work from others.
Those who own or manage the community pharmacy may sell non-health related merchandise. Some community pharmacists provide specialized services to help patients with conditions such as diabetes, asthma, to stop smoking, or high blood pressure. Pharmacists in healthcare facilities dispense medication and advise the medical staff on the selection and effects of drugs. They also plan, monitor, and evaluate drug programs. When someone is hospitalized they are the ones to counsel the patient on the use of drugs before the patients are discharged. Some pharmacists that go to college more years specialize in specific drug therapy areas. Such as cancer, chemotherapy, and a drug to treat mental disorders.
Most if not all pharmacists keep confidential computerized records of patient’s drug and drug therapies to prevent harmful drug interactions. Pharmacists are responsible for the accuracy of every prescription that is filled. They often rely upon pharmacy technicians to assist them in the dispensing medications. This means the pharmacy technician can get the drug the patient needs, count out the pills, put them in a bottle with their information on it. But before it goes out to the patient no matter what the pharmacist has to check over it.
Students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy must earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from a school accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). A pharmacy degree program requires at least 2-years of specific pre-professional coursework followed by 4 academic years of professional study. To become a licensed pharmacist a student must pass two tests administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (state board examination), and serve an internship under a licensed pharmacist in a community or hospital pharmacy. Most states require continuing education for license renewal. Applicants must also complete...
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