Pharmacy is the clinical health science that links chemistry with medical science. Pharmacists are charged with the discovery, production, disposal, safe and effective use, and control of medications and drugs.
What, specifically, do Pharmacists do?
Well, a pharmacist could…
Check with a patient to make sure new medications will not interact negatively with current medication.
Create a new version of a medication for a patient who has an allergy to a component in the original medication.
Create instructions and warnings on medication packaging so patients take medicine correctly.
Conduct clinical drug trials to make sure medication is working as intended, and to make sure there are no side effects.
What do I need to become a Pharmacist?
To be a pharmacist, you must be a meticulous, responsible, logic and detail-oriented person with outstanding communication skills.
As for education and schooling, all pharmacists have earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) and have passed several pharmaceutical exams. Some pharmacists also go through residency programs or fellowships after obtaining their Doctorate.
Where do Pharmacists work?
Pharmacists work in well-cleaned area while wearing gloves, masks, and other protective equipment, as they can work with dangerous pharmaceutical products. Medicine is needed everywhere, so Pharmacists have many options of where to live and where to work.