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Could a pharmacist know more about psychiatric medications than a psychiatrist?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

A board certified psychiatrist should know more about the mechanism of actions, indications and side-effects compared with a pharmacist.
A pharmacist may know more about how certain medications are supplied, like the dose/strength/pill size/color of the pills, etc.

In brief: No

A board certified psychiatrist should know more about the mechanism of actions, indications and side-effects compared with a pharmacist.
A pharmacist may know more about how certain medications are supplied, like the dose/strength/pill size/color of the pills, etc.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Dr. Kevin Passer
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Pharmacists have positive attitudes toward patients who fill prescriptions for psychiatric medications but still feel so awkward talking to them that they provide less counseling about symptoms and side effects than to patients with medical diagnoses, says a new Canadian study.
"Pharmacists said they monitored patients with mental illness less frequently than patients with medical illenss.

In brief: Not really

Pharmacists have positive attitudes toward patients who fill prescriptions for psychiatric medications but still feel so awkward talking to them that they provide less counseling about symptoms and side effects than to patients with medical diagnoses, says a new Canadian study.
"Pharmacists said they monitored patients with mental illness less frequently than patients with medical illenss.
Dr. Humberto Quintana
Dr. Humberto Quintana
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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Depends on the individual (case by case basis). Capable psychiatrists will know much more about meds than most pharmacists.
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Pharmacist

Not necessarily by memory, but they have all the references of the drugs available for them.

In brief: Pharmacist

Not necessarily by memory, but they have all the references of the drugs available for them.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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