August 20, 2014
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The role of a pharmacist

Pharmacists are dynamic, patient-oriented professionals committed to fulfilling the health care needs of their patients. Pharmacy is a profession that is expanding in new directions to meet the health care needs of all Canadians.

Currently, there is a movement beyond the traditional compounding and dispensing of medication towards a more professional advisory and primary health care role. Pharmacists can apply their knowledge and skill to become directly involved in the healing and education of patients. The phrase "ask your pharmacist" is becoming increasingly common - and with good reason. Pharmacists are an integral part of the community and serve as an important source of knowledge.

Pharmacists are ready and willing to share their knowledge concerning:

  • optimal drug therapy for patients with a focus on drug interactions and potential side effects
  • treatment of various medical conditions
  • education and promotion of the general health of the public
  • where to get emergency care

Although the pharmacist’s focus is changing, the pharmacist remains an expert in the application and usage of pharmaceuticals. This includes the formulation, compounding, storage, and dispensing of medication.

The pharmacist serves a wide variety of roles in a community where no two people are alike. Take the time to visit your local Pharmacist and ask questions to help improve not only your health but the health of your friends and family as well.


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