When someone hears the word pharmacist, what comes to mind is a person who dispenses medications and explains how to take them properly. But today, pharmacists do a lot more. Their role as healthcare providers is continually expanding because of changes in healthcare and technology. They are critical to our health and wellness in ways many are not aware of.
They provide medical advice and care
Pharmacists are involved in research in pharmacogenomics, the science of using the unique genetic makeup of a person to determine how they will react to a certain type of medication. Knowing patients’ genetics will help pharmacists give drugs that are more effective in treating patients and have fewer adverse effects.
People may not be aware that pharmacists can now administer a number of different vaccines, including ones for shingles, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), and HPV (human papillomavirus).
Many states have recognized the important role pharmacists play by designating them healthcare providers, which allows them to offer expanded services and care.
They are dedicated to improving patient care processes
Pharmacists are using technology to help deliver medications more effectively and efficiently. They are using robotics for dispensing, software to streamline workflows, and integrated prescription delivery software.
They contribute to innovations in treatment.
Pharmacists are involved in research in areas such as pharmacogenomics, the science of using the unique genetic makeup of a person to determine how he or she will react to a certain type of medication. Knowing the genetics of patients will help pharmacists to give drugs that are more effective in treating patients and have fewer adverse effects.
Pharmacogenomics will help pharmacists apply a more focused medication therapy to patients, tailored to the individual and their particular condition.
For example, at one pharmacy, patients were given a pharmacogenomic screening to improve their therapy potency, give some indication of adverse reactions they might have, and provide a guide for new types of therapy. The screenings were used to determine the patients’ inherited metabolic profile. Using this information, pharmacists could identify potential problems the patients might experience with their medications because of their genetic profile and give patients recommendations for changes.
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