Pharmacist (RPh/Pharm.D)

Specializations

  • Radiopharmacist – dispenses radioactive drugs used for patient diagnosis and therapy.
  • Pharmacotherapist – specializes in drug therapy.
  • Nutrition support pharmacist – specializes in preparing drugs needed for nutrition.

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Pharmacists mix and dispense drugs that are prescribed by physicians or other health practitioners.
  • They are trained in the proper use of medications and advise patients and physicians about selection, proper dosages, side effects and possible interactions with other medications as well as ensuring that their customers are using their medicine appropriately.
  • They constantly read about new medicines and how they are used to control specific diseases as well as reading the conclusions drawn from studies on the effects of drugs that have been prescribed for many years.
  • Pharmacists currently earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree.
  • Pharmacists work in hospitals, retail store pharmacies, health maintenance organizations (HMO’s), and home healthcare agencies.
  • Pharmacists who work in retail stores may order supplies, buy and sell non-health related items, and may supervise staff.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Pharmacists like counseling and educating people in their community.
  • Most do not like working nights, weekends, and holidays.

 

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