Many people don’t think much about the role of a pharmacist. While they are responsible for filling drug orders, asking if you have questions, and handing you your medication, a pharmacist’s duties extend much further behind the scenes.
According to the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, pharmacists must conform to the same role as a physician, seeking to improve the quality of service and reduce errors rather than just performing daily work tasks.
The ASHP suggests that pharmacists:
- Keep records. Pharmacists should keep updated medication records for all customers. These should include identification information, a complete medication history, diagnoses of past conditions, and notes on allergies, medical alerts and potential drug interactions.
- Stay up-to-date. In addition to keeping medical records on file, pharmacists should be aware of a patient’s current status and any changing conditions, such as pregnancy status, allergies, health fluctuations, recent blood results or medication changes.
- Keep patients informed. Although patients may notice medication flyers at the pharmacy, they rarely pick them up and read them. A pharmacist should not only provide adequate drug information resources, he should read and explain them, especially if there are potential health risks.
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