Pharmacists are drug information experts ultimately concerned about their patients' health and wellness
Approximately 62 percent of pharmacists work in community pharmacies, however, pharmacists are found in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, managed care, public health, armed forces, pharmaceutical industry, government and more. While responsibilities vary among the different areas of pharmacy practice, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well. Pharmacist responsibilities include a range of care for patients, from dispensing medications to monitoring patient health and progress to maximize their response to the medication.
Pharmacists also educate consumers and patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, and advise physicians, nurses and other health professionals on drug decisions. Pharmacists also provide expertise about the composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties and their manufacture and use. They ensure drug purity and strength and make sure that drugs do not interact in a harmful way. Pharmacists are drug information experts ultimately concerned about their patients' health and wellness (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; Role of a Pharmacist).
The following links will provide information pertaining to preparation for admittance into schools of pharmacy, types of pharmacy programs and career opportunities in pharmacy.
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy - Pharmacy Career Information
American College of Clinical Pharmacy
American Pharmacists Association
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