Alyssa Patricia Guese
Where do Pharmacists Work?
Work Environment – Pharmacists work in various settings that are clean, organized, and appropriate to keep medications at the right temperature and composition. Several pharmacist positions require that pharmacists stand for extended periods of time. These may include the preparation of sterile pharmaceuticals or dispensing of medication in a retail setting.
Community Pharmacy – When many people think of a pharmacist, they think of the caring individual in their local community pharmacy. Independent community pharmacies are all pharmacist-owned, privately held businesses that vary in practice setting. They include not only single-store operations but also other independent pharmacist-owned operations such as chain, franchise, compounding, long-term care (LTC), specialty, and supermarket pharmacies (NCPA, 2011).
Hospitals and other institutional settings – Pharmacists are employed in different types of healthcare organizations that require pharmaceutical support such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice providers, home health agencies, and community health centers. AS part of the multidisciplinary team, hospital pharmacists may make rounds with doctors, consult with doctors and patients on treatment options, and mix specially ordered preparations (Matsoso, 2009)
Managed Care Pharmacy – The managed care pharmacist has a distinctive role in the healthcare team. A pharmacist working in a managed care environment is intimately involved in the of pharmaceutical treatment and plays a vital role in contributing to positive patient outcomes (Lodwick & Sajbel, 2000)
Pharmaceutical Industry – With a career in the pharmaceutical industry, a pharmacist has an unparalleled opportunity to make a significant contribution to the development and delivery of medicines to patients around the world. The pharmacist’s role in the industry has evolved from traditional areas of sales and...