Friday, December 26, 2014

Career Diversity in the Pharmacy Profession

There is a great deal of career diversity within the pharmacy profession, for pharmacist jobs have become more diverse, and several pharmacist jobs are no longer confined in pharmacies, hospital or clinical settings. Even in a hospital or clinical work environment, the work of pharmacists has expanded in scope.

As such, pharmacists these days are no longer expected to only “fill a prescription at a pharmacy,” and here are some career options for pharmacists:
*Hospital Pharmacy
Not only do pharmacists fill orders in a hospital, but many also have an active role in patient care alongside a physician. These pharmacists may participate in rounds and collaborate with physicians about the most appropriate treatment options for hospital residents. Some of the different hospitals or facilities in which pharmacists may work include long-term care and hospice facilities and psychiatric wards. Pharmacists may also play roles in the different departments within a general hospital.

*Ambulatory Care
Ambulatory care pharmacists typically work in clinics that provide patient care. A lot of these pharmacists participate in Coumadin clinic and make recommendations on Coumadin doses based on INR levels.

Pharmacogenomics is the study of a patient's response to drug therapy based on that individual's genetic profile. There are some companies out there that have pharmacists making drug recommendations to physicians based on the pharmacogenetic profile of a patient's metabolizing enzymes. It's sort of like a pharmacogenetic medication therapy management.

*Medication Therapy Management (MTM)
There are many opportunities within this aspect of pharmacy. Retail pharmacies are now starting to offer this service. There are also companies that offer work-from-home opportunities. What's also unique about this particular side of pharmacy practice is the opportunity to create one's own MTM business.

Drug safety--or the collection, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects of medications and other pharmaceutical products--is an important issue and another avenue that pharmacists can take. Adverse drug reactions are often collected during clinical trials. -
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The job outlook for pharmacists is good, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Employment of pharmacists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services. In addition, pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.), a 4-year professional degree. They also must be licensed, which requires passing two exams. In May 2012, the median annual wage for pharmacists was $116,670.

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