What does a pharmacist do?
Pharmacists are responsible for: - the quality of medicines supplied to patients - ensuring that the supply of medicines is within the law - ensuring that the medicines prescribed to patients are suitable - advising patients about medicines, including how to take them, what reactions may occur and answering patients' questions.
- supervise the medicines supply chain and ensure pharmacy premises and systems are fit for purpose
- advise other healthcare professionals about safe and effective medicines use, and safe and secure supply of medicines
- respond to patients' symptoms and advise on medicines for sale in pharmacies
- provide services to patients, such as smoking cessation, blood pressure measurement and cholesterol management
- supervise the production and preparation of medicines and assessments of quality of medicines before they are supplied to patients from pharmaceutical manufacturers.
Where do pharmacists work?
- Pharmacists work in many different work environments. These include:
- Community pharmacies (sometimes called retail or high street pharmacy) and hospitals. Most pharmacists work in community and hospital - pharmacy
- Pharmaceutical production or sales in the pharmaceutical industry
- Prisons, primary care organisations, universities in teaching and research, the military, veterinary pharmacy and pharmacy organisations.
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