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The Pharmacist

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Article 1: The Pharmacist 

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- What is a pharmacist?
- Where do pharmacists work?
- What are the main roles of a pharmacist?
- What does a pharmacist check when reviewing medication profiles?
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 Article 1: The Pharmacist 

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals that deal primarily with dispensing medications and managing patient medication regimens. The pharmacist has many responsibilities. The pharmacist fills prescriptions from doctors. The pharmacist also counsels the patient about medication, side effects, and how to use the medication correctly. Another responsibility of the pharmacist is to manage and monitor patient medication profiles. Pharmacists must check for drug interactions, proper prescribing and drug safety. The pharmacist works closely with patients, physicians, and other healthcare professionals to provide medication to the patient.

Roles of the pharmacist:

  • Reviewing and monitoring patient medication regimens
  • General health advice
  • Counseling patients about disease states and medication
  • Dispensing medication by prescription
  • Counseling patients about the best use of medication

Pharmacists work in a variety of places with many different specialties. Pharmacists are often the first person patients ask for medical advice. With their position in the community and because they are very accessible, pharmacists play a major role in patient care.

Pharmacist work in: Pharmacist specialties include:
  • community pharmacies
  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • government offices
  • community pharmacists
  • hospital pharmacists
  • nuclear pharmacists
  • clinical research pharmacists
  • consultant pharmacist

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