Today’s pharmacist is a health care provider specially trained to ensure the safe and effective use of medications which are increasingly complex and highly specialized. The demand for pharmacists continues to rise as more medications appear on the market along with a growing senior population that requires more drugs.
Today’s pharmacists master medicines in different ways:
- Provide direct care and counseling to patients in community pharmacies, clinics and hospitals
- Work in drug research and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry
- Teach and conduct research in universities
- Safeguard the public through their work in government agencies
Because of the important roles they play, pharmacists are among the most well-regarded members of the health care team. To become drug experts, pharmacists must train extensively in science and patient care. The four-year pharmacy school curriculum is rigorous, and today’s pharmacy graduates all hold a doctor of pharmacy degree.
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