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Pharmacists – who are they?

Pharmacists – who are they?

Ever wondered what the role of a pharmacist actually is? SMASA enlightens you by answering two important frequently asked questions (FAQs).

1. 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 medicines that are prescribed are suitable; advising patients about medicine, including how to take them, what reactions may occur and answering patients’ questions.

2. Where do Pharmacists work and what are their roles?

Pharmacists work in many different environments where their roles vary. Here is a list of some of the pharmacists you might come across:

3. Community pharmacists dispense prescriptions; provide advice on drug selection and usage to doctors and other health professionals; primary healthcare advice and support; educating customers on health promotion, disease prevention and the proper use of medicines.

4. Consultant pharmacists are either employed by community pharmacies or hospitals, or are self-employed to provide medication reviews for residential or ambulatory care patients and/or other medication-related cognitive services.

5. Hospital pharmacists operate as part of a healthcare team and are involved in monitoring medication usage, counselling patients, providing drug information and advice to health professionals and the community, conducting clinical trials and preparing products for patient use.

Pharmacists are employed in a variety of other sectors. For example – some Pharmacists works in the pharmaceutical environment in varying roles from regulations, to quality control etc., whilst others might work in the pharmaceutical logistic environment. In addition the National Department of Health employ pharmacists to perform various functions within the Medicines Control Council.

National Pharmacy Week, 1 – 8 September, aims to celebrate the role of the hard working pharmacists in our healthcare system. Read more here.