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Retail Pharmacist

Retail Pharmacists dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals to the public, educate customers on health promotion, disease prevention and the proper use of medicines, and sell non-prescription medicines and related goods in a community pharmacy.

Overview

Retail Pharmacists dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals to the public, educate customers on health promotion, disease prevention and the proper use of medicines, and sell non-prescription medicines and related goods in a community pharmacy.

Day-to-day

  • receives prescriptions, checks patients' medicine histories, and ensures optimal dosage and methods of administration and drug compatibility before dispensing
  • prepares or supervises the preparation and labelling of liquid medicines, ointments, powders, tablets and other medications to fill prescriptions
  • advises patients on drug incompatibility and contra-indications
  • maintains prescription files and records issue of narcotics, poisons and habit-forming drugs
  • stores and preserves vaccines, serums and other drugs subject to deterioration
  • supplies non-prescription medicines, and diagnostic and therapeutic aids
  • supervises and co-ordinates the work of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns and pharmacy sales assistants.

Considerations

  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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To become a Retail Pharmacist

  • You need a bachelor degree in pharmacy to work as a Retail Pharmacist.

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  • Registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia is required.

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