Pharmacy is the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs. It basically encompasses anything that has to do with drugs.
Who is a pharmacist?
Pharmacists, also known as Chemists (Commonwealth English) or Druggists (North American and, archaically, Commonwealth English) are health professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of chemical sciences and health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use.
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.
What do Pharmacists do?
–They ensure the quality and suitability of medicines supplied to patients
–They ensure that the supply of medicines is within the law
–They advise patients about medicines, including why they need to take them and how to take them, what reactions may occur and answering patients’ questions.
–They also counsel patients as regards the need to follow the instructions on how they should take their drugs at the specified time.
–They educate patients on how to prevent the spread of infection.
–They carry out awareness programs on different subjects and discourses.
–Pharmacists also supervise the medicines supply chain and ensure pharmacy premises and systems are fit for purpose
–They advise other healthcare professionals about safe and effective medicines use, and safe and secure supply of medicines
–They respond to patients’ symptoms and advise on medicines for sale in pharmacies
–Pharmacists provide services to patients, such as smoking cessation, blood pressure measurement and cholesterol management
–They supervise the production and preparation of medicines and assessments of quality of medicines before they are supplied to patients from pharmaceutical manufacturers