The Role of Pharmacists
A pharmacist is a customer service position that every person has come in contact with at least once. Whether it's at Walmart, CVS, the hospital, or the local apothecary, we have all had someone prepare our medications or offer advice for the right cold medicine. However, the all-encompassing role of a pharmacist can be unclear at times.
So what exactly is a pharmacist? A person who is professionally qualified to prepare and dispense medical drugs. Pharmacists are essential healthcare providers who work hard to enhance patient care and promote wellness. Essentially, pharmacists help people get well.
While the job description can vary in different corporations, the primary duties stay relatively the same. Tasks like ensuring the supplies of medicine are within the law, ensuring that the drug prescribed is suitable, and advising patients of medication information such dosage, possible reactions, and answering questions are the primary responsibilities of this career.
Pharmacists also ensure pharmacy premises and systems are fit for purpose, advise healthcare professionals on safe and efficient medicine use, as well as safe and secure supplies of medicine, offer advice on medicinal products for sale in the pharmacy, and supervise the production and preparation of medicines before they are provided to patients from pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Pharmacists can work in many different environments. Although typically expected to be seen in a community or hospital pharmacy, there is a broad range of settings that need pharmacists. This role is required in prisons, particular universities, veterinary pharmacy, and primary care and pharmacy organizations.
Regardless of the environment employed in, every pharmacist strives to reach the same goals: cure disease, eliminate or reduce symptoms, arrest or slow a disease process, prevent disease, diagnose disease, and alter physiological processes for a desirable result in the patient’s health.
Unlike other positions, a pharmacist must continue to further their education to continue working in that role. These continuing education courses help pharmacists stay up to date on drug approvals, product recalls, changes to medications’ indications and warning, and make sure they comply with federal and state law regulations.