Molly Landis: Pharmacists

IMG_4660.JPGMolly Landis is a family friend of mine. She wrote this report and some of her information came from an interview with me and our pharmacy.

Everyone knows that a pharmacist fills prescriptions of medication and provides them for their customers, but their job can get much more complex than this. One can be a community pharmacist or a healthcare pharmacist. A community pharmacist typically advises their customers on dosage of drugs, the side effects, and even distributes over-the–counter medication. In addition to this, some pharmacies choose to do compounding which is the combining of two different meds. A healthcare pharmacist would usually work in a hospital directing the staff concerning different medication and guiding patients before they leave the hospital. If someone chooses to become a pharmacist they can also choose a more specialized field such as focusing mainly on cancer patients or actually producing new drugs.   

The working conditions vary depending on where they work, but several pharmacists spend the majority of their day on their feet and work around forty hours a week. Initially a pharmacist spent a lot of time interacting with customers but now, due to insurance, more time is spent dealing with insurance companies and technicalities in paper work. They also have to deal with irate customers who are mad at their insurance company. After two tears of science related studies in college one can apply to pharmacy school. They then must get a Pharm.D. Degree which takes four years. In the US all pharmacist must have a license. They obtain this by having a Pharm .D. degree and passing the NAPLEX (North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam). Also the US requires potential pharmacist to pass a test on pharmacy law. The top ten Pharmacy schools in the US are these universities: Ohio State, Purdue, Arizona, San Francisco, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and Southern California. Great pharmacy schools nearby areUniversity of Georgia, University of South Carolina, and College of Charleston. In 2008 there were 269,900 pharmacists employed

They can acquire a job anywhere in the US, and in many parts of the world. In some other countries they actually have to be extra qualified because they do a greater amount of over-the-counter sales and have to advise their customers more. The job outlook for a pharmacist is supposed to be excellent. One big component of this is because of the demand for medication. New drugs are constantly being developed, individuals are rapidly taking more, and insurance is frequently covering cost. 

In addition medication is becoming more and more complicated so there is need for pharmacists to guide their customers so that dangerous complications don’t take place. The average earnings of a pharmacist are roughly from around 93,000 dollars to 122, 000. However, this changes depending on whether they are independent or not. Also, a relief pharmacist makes about sixty dollars an hour. 

Pharmacy is ninety-five percent math and chemistry so these courses are absolutely necessary to take and excel in in high school. Some other helpful courses would be biology, physics, and various math classes.Pharmacy can be hard and frustrating at times but it is also rewarding and can be used to help others.