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Are the golden days of pharmacy really over?

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I've been interested in becoming a pharmacist for some time now, mostly based on my interest on Chemistry and help/communicating with others. However, there is a stigma forming about this career-- about how its "golden days" are over and it's not worth the effort, How accurate is this? #pharmacy #pharmacists #retail-pharmacy

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Archana’s Answer

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The nature of business is making profits. In retail pharmacy profits are made by filling as many prescriptions as possible with as little help as possible. But the nature of the profession is health care. Health care practitioners promote health and well-being. Pharmacists make clinical decisions and judgment about medication therapy – which drugs are appropriate for an individual and which are not, how to take medication properly and how to recognize the side effects. In fact, the principal goal of pharmaceutical care is to achieve positive outcomes from the use of medication which improves patients’ quality of life.

Students with a Pharmacy degree in hand can have a wide range of career opportunities.
An individual after graduation in B.Pharma can look out for career scope after Pharmacy in different areas . Many job profiles are available to welcome the applicants in private as well as government sectors. In addition, if one wishes, he/she can come up with his/her own pharmacy store setup. Here are the few job profiles for which the graduates can apply.
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Mary’s Answer

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I cannot imagine not needing expertise on medications in the future... the role of pharmacists may continue to change and adjust, but as long as there are illnesses, there will be medicines developed to treat and sometimes cure these diseases. Communication between pharmacist, nurse, physician and patient is very important and the pharmacist is an important member of the health care team both inpatient and outpatient. There are many opportunities in pharmacy besides retail or hospital. Volunteer or find a job that will expose you to pharmacy. If you are determined and willing to work hard, you can make a difference in the lives of many people. Good Luck!

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Uzmah’s Answer

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I think this depends on how one would define the golden years of pharmacy. It is a very competitive market right now, but if this is where your talent and interest lies then I think it is important to consider what specific areas in pharmacy you would be interested in. I would research job outlook on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to determine where the needs are in healthcare and balance that with what your interests are in healthcare.
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Bianca’s Answer

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Hi Israt,
Pharmacy is a fulfilling career. Yes, the market is saturated right now and after graduation it will take at least 6 months or more before landing a job but so far as there are people sick with illness and more medications being introduced into the market,there will always be the need for more pharmacists. Good luck! I
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