Job Description Pharmacist

A pharmacist is healthcare professional who create, manufacture and distribute medications to those with a prescription. They can work in research facilities, hospitals and clinics. They can also own and operate a private pharmacy, which is often combined with a retail store. There are specific requirements that vary from province to province, but a Bachelor of Science with a major in Pharmacy from an accredit university is standard. They play an important role in the healthcare industry, providing people with the medications they need as prescribed by a doctor while also offering instruction, advice and important information.

5 Requirements to be Pharmacist

  1. A Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) degree
  2. Pass an examination from the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
  3. Complete an apprenticeship program
  4. Be aware of and comply with all relevant laws, regulations and practices
  5. Must be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational skills

What does a Pharmacist do ?

A pharmacist creates medications and provides pharmaceutical products to customers and patients, most often while filling a prescription from a doctor or physician. They interact with customers to process requests, and provide information to ensure that medications are used correctly. They also must oversee that paperwork such as original prescriptions, insurance claims and other documentation is properly filed. As a pharmacist does not know what a physician proscribes until they see the paper, they must stay up-to-date regard the latest medications and medical ingredients in order to properly fulfill requests. If a pharmacist is also the owner of their own private pharmacy, they will likely also have additional administrative responsibilities.

  • Create medications and compounds in accordance with prescriptions
  • Process insurance claims and other paperwork
  • Perform basic health checks on patients (temperature, blood pressure)
  • Maintain inventory and properly dispose of expired medications
  • Provide information about side effects, interaction or reactions
  • Offer guidance regarding over-the-counter medications
  • Update patient records whenever necessary
  • Monitor and manage pharmacy assistants and pharmacy technicians
  • Admin tasks such as sales reports, payments, schedule requests, etc.
  • Provide certain vaccines (flu shots)

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