Pharmacists (PharmD) serve as the healthcare team medication experts who counsel patients on their medication use, monitor patient health and progress, and provide recommendations for optimal medication regimens to prescribers. They require a broad knowledge of the manufacture and distribution of drugs; their composition, uses, strengths, doses, side effects, interactions and potential harmful qualities. Pharmacists work in a variety of occupational settings including:
- Ambulatory Care
- Federal - Armed Services or Public Health
- Hospital and Institutional
- Managed Care
- Pharmaceutical Sciences / Industry
A pharmacy degree requires four years of study. The first two years usually cover the basic sciences; the last two years cover pharmacy theory and practice. Upon completion of study, including an internship under a licensed pharmacist, students are awarded the degree of Pharm.D. and must pass a licensing exam to practice pharmacy in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
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