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When most people think about their pharmacist, they think of lit­tle more than simple sa­les­people who pro­vide them with the drugs that their doc­tors pres­cribe. The rea­li­ty, though, is far more com­plex. To be­come a pharmacist in Ca­na­da, you have to go through a ri­go­rous spe­cia­li­zed uni­ver­si­ty pro­gram and com­plete a na­tio­nal board exa­mi­na­tion.

So what exact­ly does your pharmacist do other than hand out me­di­ca­tion? Well, first of all, there are ma­ny dif­ferent types of phar­ma­cists who work in vast­ly dif­ferent en­vi­ron­ments. Just in time for Pharmacist Awa­re­ness Month this March, let’s fo­cus on the res­pon­si­bi­li­ties of your com­mu­ni­ty pharmacist:

1. Qua­li­ty: your pharmacist is lar­ge­ly res­pon­sible for the qua­li­ty (and quan­ti­ty) of the me­di­ca­tion pro­vi­ded to you.

2. Le­ga­li­ty: phar­ma­cists make sure that all me­di­ca­tions and quan­ti­ties of me­di­ca­tion dis­pen­sed are in ac­cor­dance with Ca­na­dian law.

3. Coun­sel: your pharmacist is there to en­sure that you know exact­ly what do­sage you should be ta­king (and at what fre­quen­cy).

4. Sa­fe­ty: phar­ma­cists are res­pon­sible for re­vie­wing your me­di­cal re­cords and ma­king sure that none of the me­di­ca­tions pres­cri­bed by your doc­tor will in­ter­act poor­ly with one ano­ther.

On top of all that, phar­ma­cists are res­pon­sible for ma­na­ging their phar­ma­cy. This in­cludes su­per­vi­sing phar­ma­cy tech­ni­cians as well as re­si­dents who are stu­dying for their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. They’re al­so there to ans­wer all of your ques­tions and ad­vise you about any over-the­coun­ter me­di­ca­tions that could be be­ne­fi­cial to your cur­rent si­tua­tion. They even deal with in­su­rance com­pa­nies to en­sure that no pa­tient goes wi­thout their re­qui­red me­di­ca­tions.

A pharmacist is so much more than just a sa­les­per­son.

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