Pharmacists handle the health sciences and chemical sciences of pharmaceutical medications. They prepare and dispense drugs in a safe and effective manner. Some compound medications as a more traditional role. Pharmacists provide information on the dispensed drugs for optimal use as a benefit for the patient. Drug stores, otherwise known as a pharmacy, sell medications and are where pharmacists work. Many drug stores also sell other conveniences like cosmetics and toiletries, as well as groceries.
Pharmacies can be found in the community, hospital, clinic, extended care facility, psychiatric hospital or in regulatory agency settings. Over-the-counter medication and prescribed pharmaceuticals are handled by pharmacists. They answer questions on the best over-the-counter medications to buy and they are on hand to assist customers with their doctor-prescribed medication as well.
The future of pharmacy is more patient integration and patient education in order to increase patient health outcomes.