Hospital Pharmacist

Hospital pharmacists work in pharmacies that are located in hospitals. They are in charge of managing and administering prescription drug treatment plans. They are responsible for insuring that medicine is dispensed in the correct form and doses to both inpatients and outpatients. They also make sure medications are stored under the proper sterile conditions and they check the accuracy of the pharmacy staffs work. They must have good communication skills because an important part of their job is to explain to patients how medications should be taken what the side effects might be and what the possible interactions might be with other medications the patient is taking. They often consult with doctors on medication alternatives and both dosage and method of delivery of the medication for a particular patient. They usually contribute to medical decisions for patients that have a complex regimen of drug therapy. The website says that hospital pharmacists must complete a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree which is earned by attending a four-year program consisting of formal coursework in subjects such as biology biochemistry pharmaceuticals genetics and medical ethics. Graduates of the program must then pass exams given by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in order to become licensed. In addition they must have a required number of hours of experience most of which is usually completed as part of the clinical training that is included in the Pharm. D. program. According to the website hospital pharmacists earn between approximately $94000 and $118000 annually.

Education Required: Doctoral Degree
Avg Salary: $106000
High Salary: $118000
Low Salary: $94000
Tasks: Distributes medicine to hospital patients.
Answers pharmaceutical-related questions.
Ensures that patients and family members understand medications.
Writes guidelines for pharmaceutical drug use.
Also Called: Pharmacist
Pharm D
Pharmacy Technician
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