Pharmacy Awareness Month

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pharmacists

Pharmacists are highly educated, trusted members of your healthcare team. They are professionally trained and held to a extremely high standard of practice. Pharmacists must:

  • Complete at least five years of university-level education (most have more than this)
  • Train and become qualified in all aspects of medication. This includes:
    • Dispensing prescription and non-prescription drugs
    • Drug Therapies
    • Understanding drug interactions
    • Understanding drug side-effects
  • Understand all healthcare and pharmacy laws that govern pharmaceuticals, pharmacist and pharmacy technician roles, and pharmacy operations
  • Have strong communication skills (including fluency in English)
  • Complete provincial and national examinations on the practice of pharmacy and the laws, regulations, and standards of practice governing pharmacy
  • Have a commitment to life-long learning and complete the required number of hours of continuing pharmacy education every year of practice

 

Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians play a vital role in your pharmacy team. They help in product preparation and support pharmacists so they are able to provide more comprehensive care to their patients. Pharmacy Technicians must:

  • Complete an accredited education program
  • Train and become qualified in the applicable aspects of handling medications (including dispensing prescription and non-prescription drugs)
  • Train in the principles of good pharmaceutical care
  • Understand applicable healthcare and pharmacy laws that govern pharmaceuticals, pharmacists and pharmacy technician roles, and pharmacy operations
  • Have strong communication skills (including fluency in English)
  • Complete provincial and national examinations on the practice of pharmacy and the applicable laws, regulations, and standards of practice for pharmacy technicians
  • Have a commitment to life-long learning and complete the required number of hours of continuing pharmacy education every year of practice

 

Pharmacists can provide a number of healthcare services.  To learn more, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

We asked Nova Scotians to tell us about the members of their pharmacy team.  This is what they said.