Facts About Pharmacists and Pharmacies

New Brunswick has approximately 900 licensed pharmacists and 240 pharmacies. While some pharmacists own and/or practice in community pharmacies, others practice as part of a team of healthcare professionals serving patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, special care homes and other healthcare institutions. Additionally, some pharmacists’ work includes teaching in universities, consulting, and working in government and industry.

Responsibilities/Activities of a Pharmacist:

  • Reviewing medications and collaborating with patients and other healthcare providers to ensure optimal therapy for each patient’s condition
  • Setting therapeutic goals with patients
  • Reviewing prescriptions as appropriate therapy
  • Educating patients and other healthcare professionals on the administration, uses and effects of medications, drug incompatibilities and contraindications
  • Advising patients on selection and use of non-prescription medication
  • Leading or participating in research into the development of new drugs, improvement of patient/client outcomes or pharmaco-economic evaluation of drug therapy
  • Formulating and testing new drug products
  • Coordinating clinical investigations of new drugs
  • Developing information materials on the uses and properties of particular drugs
  • Providing information services about drug products and pharmacotherapy
  • Evaluating the labeling, packaging and advertising of drug products

Pharmacists supervise and may also perform technical tasks such as compounding and/or dispensing pharmaceutical products, maintaining medication profiles of patients and registries of poisons, narcotics and controlled drugs, ensuring proper storage of vaccines, serums, biologicals and other pharmaceutical products and ordering/maintaining a stock of pharmaceutical supplies.

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