Pharmacists ensure the appropriate use of, and optimal therapeutic outcomes from, medications and serve patients and other health professionals. Pharmacists interpret and review prescription orders, screen and review medication records, dispense medications, educate patients on proper use of drugs, and refer patients to other sources of help and care. Pharmacists must know the physical and chemical properties of drugs and the way they behave in the body and how it might react in the presence of other drugs. Pharmacists may also require business skills, since they purchase and sell hundreds of health-related items. In the hospital, pharmacists assist physicians in the drug therapy decisions and may be responsible for selecting and purchasing all medicines used by the facility. Josephine Sasu-Tenkoramaa is a 2006 aluma and a pharmacy student at Rutgers University. She offers the following descriptions of pharmacy career opportunities:
A pharmacist, as with all health professions, must make a commitment to life-long learning and is expected to read biological, medical and chemical literature as well as professional, corporate and pharmaceutical publications. Because pharmacists assume responsibility for human life, states have strict laws about licensure that vary from state to state.
In July 2000, the accreditation standard for the pharmacy degree became the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). If research is a goal, pharmacy graduates must almost always go on to advanced study in pharmacy, pharmaceutics, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical chemistry or other pharmaceutical sciences. A new field of research is pharmacy administration where outcome analysis, including cost-effectiveness of drug therapy, is one example of the type of issue this discipline examines.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Pharmacists Association
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
National Community Pharmacists Association
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
Areas of Study
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