Monday, September 18, 2017

Job Description: Pharmacist

A Pharmacist does much more than just count out pills to put in prescription bottles.
A typical course of education for a pharmacist begins with a Bachelors Degree: 2 years of generals and then 2 years of classes such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology, and pharmaceutical practices.

The doctorate degree includes education in laws involved with pharmacy practice, dosage, health management, and equipment used on the job. The schooling will then include a residency program lasting one to two years, similar to a medical doctor.

Education must take place at a school accredited by the Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE), and must pass the NAPLEX (Board certification exam) to obtain a license to practice as a pharmacist.
Here are some responsibilities of a pharmacist:
  • Noting allergies:Does the patient have a reaction to a drug? What can be substituted?
  • Filling prescriptions on a timely basis
  • Knowledge of insurance coverage: there are many insurance companies to deal with, including people using Medicare or Medicaid or assistance with their prescriptions: What's covered, and the amount covered?
  • Advising patients about their medications
  • Staying up-do-date on new medications
  • Being aware of any problems with medications such as recalls
  • Knowledge of chronic illnesses and their medications, such as diabetes or heart disease

  • Communicating with medical professionals such as doctors or nurse practitioners
  • Knowing when two drugs cannot be taken together, catching that mistake, and suggesting a different combination, possibly to the physician
  • Instructing patients how to take their medications: Does orange juice make it less powerful? Can you take it on an empty stomach, or not?
  • Understanding how the drugs are going to work to combat a condition
  • Warning patients of side effects
  • Knowledge about over the counter  (not prescription) treatments
More details on the coursework: