Did you think that all your pharmacist does is to DOLE OUT MEDICINE and COUNT PILLS, and that's it?
In Saskatchewan, 1685 pharmacists work in community pharmacies, hospitals, out-patient ambulatory settings and primary health care teams. Pharmacists also teach in universities, consulting, working for government, pharmaceutical companies and regulatory or advocacy associations.
A key member of your health care team
Your pharmacists is a healthcare professional with specialized education and training who performs various roles to ensure optimal health outcomes for you, the patient, through the quality use of medicines.
“The staff at the anti-coagulation clinic are integral in helping me manage my elderly father’s Warfarin. They regularly follow up by phone, provide results, ask about changes and monitor it all very carefully. They call if we are late and schedule regular follow up appointments. This is a huge help.”
Gone are the days when pharmacists spent most of their time counting tablets and measuring liquids.
Today, pharmacists are specialists in the science and clinical use of over 20,000 medications. They understand the composition, chemical structures and physical properties of medications and how they work inside the human body.
Pharmacists must keep up-to-date on the hundreds of new medications marketed every year, as well as the new information about previously developed medications. Pharmacists are also specializing in new trends, including herbal remedies and homeopathy.
The pharmacist's traditional role is expanding, and pharmacists across Canada deliver a range of innovative services.
The video below, prepared by the Canadian Pharmacists Association, gives a short overview:
All pharmacists are licensed health care professionals governed by provincial legislation. In Saskatchewan, many pharmacists are graduates of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and hold a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) degree.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pharmacists are required to upgrade their drug therapy and patient care knowledge by attending conferences, educational events and through self learning, in order to get licenced to practice pharmacy every year.
Many pharmacists have also completed a pharmacy residency program or have obtained the more advanced Doctor of Pharmacy qualification.
In Saskatchewan, pharmacists must register with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists (SCP) to obtain their licence to practice pharmacy.
What can your pharmacist do for you? Check it out!