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How can I become a pharmacist?

How can I become a pharmacist?

Education needed: Today the study program in the us for pharmacists requires an entry level degree of doctor of pharmacy (pharmd). This is a 6 year program followed by a licensing examination. Licensing is a state issue not federal. You may be licensed in one state and seek licensure in another. The process varies from state to state. Cirriculum includes science, science and then more science. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are challenges that pharmacist face today?

What  are challenges that pharmacist face today?

Pharmacists: Present day challenges- glut in number of pharmacists available. Finding jobs in future may be a problem. To cut the cost some places are utilizing centralized filling of prescriptions. Which means that smaller pharmacies may have to close down. But opportunities may grow for pharmacists if they wish to specialize in fields like hiv, chemo medications, etc where they can teach the community. ...Read more

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What kind of training do pharmacists rphs receive?

Graduate school: Generally graduate school training after a bachelor's degree. This is frequently supplemented with one to two years of post-graduate training for pharmacists that will be working in hospital or health systems. ...Read more

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Do pharmacists in big medical centers have specialties?

Yes: There are many pharmacy specialities. Some are board certified and others are based on experience. ...Read more

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Does a pharmacist know if people the prescribed dosages?

Does a pharmacist know if people the prescribed dosages?

Pharmacist: Pharmacists usually make sure you get the correct medication in correct doses. ...Read more

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Can pharmacists dispense medical advice or just information?

Can pharmacists dispense medical advice or just information?

Yes they can..: Pharmacists may provide medical advice related to drug administration, side effects, interactions ...Read more

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How do you become a pharmacist and what exactly do they do?

How do you  become a pharmacist and what exactly do they do?

Pharmacist: Pharmacist gets a university level education learning about the medications, their indications, interactions, toxicities- all about them. They can work in a local pharmacy, hospitals, medical schools, research institutions. Their duty is to check for allergies, dose of medications, any interactions they may have with other meds-- alert the physician concerned about any of these issues. ...Read more

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Pharmacists what is safety of generics made in asia if approved by cms?

Pharmacists what is safety of generics made in asia if approved by cms?

Ok, except sometimes: Medicare part d drugs must be approved by the fda for sale in the us and available only by prescription, so are generally safe. Pharmacists get their meds from a network of distributors, so sometimes counterfeit or lower-quality meds illegally enter the supply chain. It is more likely to happen from asian factories, but counterfeiters are clever and can disguise where meds are originating from. ...Read more

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How do I know if a pill given to me by a pharmacist is actually what I was prescribed?

Ask another pharmaci: There are computer programs for identification of pills in the internet or any pharmacy. Some physicians may have similar programs. ...Read more