The Growing Role of the Pharmacists

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Chances are you think of your pharmacist as someone who delivers drugs to you and those who happen to require them. This is their primary function yes, but did you ever think about the way that people in pharmacy jobs might influence doctors? Give that a moment to sink in and you will see that it is actually quite possible.

Now if you think about who those in pharmacy jobs are, you will realize they have quite a bit of knowledge that a physician might not. Okay, so you might think that just because a doctor makes more money, and is more highly educated than the people in pharmaceutical jobs are, they obviously know everything. Truth is they do not. A pharmacist is on the front line of the medicine war, and is able to see everything as it is being made. They are often the first to know about a new medication, and when a better one comes along they're able to weigh the pros and cons.

In 2002, it was estimated that doctors and pharmacists talked about patient healthcare at least seven times per day. Most recommendations are actually accepted, believe it or not. What does this mean exactly? Sometimes those in pharmaceutical jobs will see that a patient cannot afford their prescribed medication. This is actually a concern because many patients actually have chronic conditions that need to be medicated before they lead to more serious conditions. A pharmacist will be able to find a similar medication that is sold at a lower price. Pharmacy jobs are about so much more than just pushing pills into a bottle.

People in pharmacist jobs are also able to take notice when a patient is on unnecessary medication. Perhaps the patient is taking two different drugs that are meant to meet the same objective. This is not only unnecessary, it can also be dangerous. It seems highly unlikely that something of that nature would occur, but in today's medical community things do happen to slip through the cracks. A pharmacist can recognize this and recommend the patient be taken off that medication in order to reduce healthcare costs.

The pharmacist also has a lot to do with the way the drug is delivered. If someone doesn't like to swallow pills then those in pharmacist jobs will speak with the attending physician to see if he will approve a different delivery method.

It's plain to see that a pharmacist has a huge effect on doctors. With a pharmacist, you know that someone is watching out for you. Though you might believe that those in the medical community only care about money, it's plain to see that there is someone out there who is watching out for your interests, making sure you get the right treatment, and overall making sure that you're paying only the needed amount of money for that treatment.

Hopefully, this gives you a different view of pharmacists and the services that they provide you. Maybe this will even encourage you to try for a career in the pharmaceutical field, seeing as how you can affect the medical field in such a way! It's up to you, and the world is yours to explore. If this seems like a field you might be interested in, by all means, go for it.
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