Pharmacists, also known as chemists or druggists, are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. A pharmacist is a member of the health care team directly involved with patient care.
Role of Pharmacist
PHARMACISTS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THROUGH THE MEDICINE AND INFORMATION THEY PROVIDE
While responsibilities vary among the different areas of pharmacy practice, the bottom line is that pharmacists help patients get well. Pharmacists practice in nearly all areas and specialties in healthcare – sometimes behind the scenes and not obvious to the public eye, but as the medication expert on the healthcare team, pharmacists are necessary in all facets of healthcare. Pharmacist responsibilities include a range of care for patients, from dispensing medications to monitoring patient health and progress to optimize their response to medication therapies. Pharmacists also educate patients on the use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, as well as provide population based care in institutional settings. Pharmacists educate and advise physicians, nurses, and other health professionals on medication therapy decisions. Pharmacists also provide expertise about the composition of drugs, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties and their manufacture and use. They ensure drug purity and strength and make sure that drugs do not interact in a harmful way. Pharmacists are medication experts ultimately concerned about their patients’ health and wellness.
The principal goal of pharmaceutical care is to achieve positive outcomes from the use of medication which improves patients’ quality of life with minimum risk. Pharmacists strive to:
- Cure disease;
- Eliminate or reduce symptoms;
- Arrest or slow a disease process;
- Prevent disease; Diagnose disease; and
- Alter physiological processes for desirable result in the patient’s health.
Pharmacists are professionals, uniquely prepared and available, committed to public service and to the achievement of this goal.