Facts About Pharmacists and Pharmacies

New Brunswick has approximately 900 licensed pharmacists and 240 pharmacies. Some pharmacists own or work in community pharmacies, while others are part of a team of healthcare professionals serving patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, special care homes and other facilities. In addition, some pharmacists also engage in academic teaching or consulting or work in government or industry.

Roles and Activities of a Pharmacist:

  • Review drug therapy and collaborate with patients and other providers to maximize therapy based on each patient's condition.
  • Establish therapeutic goals with patients.
  • Review the therapeutic appropriateness of prescriptions.
  • Educate patients and other health care professionals on the administration, use, effects, incompatibilities and contraindications of medications.
  • Counsels patients on the selection and use of non-prescription medications.
  • Conduct or participate in research on the development of new drugs, improvement of patient outcomes, or pharmacoeconomic evaluation of drug therapies.
  • Formulate and test new drug products.
  • Coordinate clinical investigations of new drugs
  • Develops information materials on the use and properties of specific drugs
  • Provide information on drugs and the therapeutic use of drugs (drug therapy)
  • Evaluate the labelling, packaging and advertising of drug products
  • Pharmacists supervise and sometimes perform technical tasks such as mixing or dispensing pharmaceuticals; maintaining patient medication profiles and records of poisons, narcotics and controlled drugs; ensuring proper storage of vaccines, serums, biological materials and other pharmaceuticals; and ordering and maintaining an inventory of pharmaceutical supplies.

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