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Career Details :: Pharmacists
Compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Compounds medications, using standard formulas and processes, such as weighing, measuring, and mixing ingredients.
- Reviews prescription to assure accuracy and determine ingredients needed and suitability of radiopharmaceutical prescriptions.
- Plans and implements procedures in pharmacy, such as mixing, packaging, and labeling pharmaceuticals according to policies and legal requirements.
- Compounds radioactive substances and reagents to prepare radiopharmaceutical, following radiopharmacy laboratory procedures.
- Answers questions and provides information to pharmacy customers on drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and storage of pharmaceuticals.
- Calculates volume of radioactive pharmaceutical required to provide patient desired level of radioactivity at prescribed time.
- Maintains established procedures concerning quality assurance, security of controlled substances, and disposal of hazardous waste.
- Consults medical staff to advise on drug applications and characteristics and to review and evaluate quality and effectiveness of radiopharmaceuticals.
- Analyzes records to indicate prescribing trends and excessive usage.
- Verifies that specified radioactive substance and reagent will give desired results in examination or treatment procedures.
- Oversees preparation and dispensation of experimental drugs.
- Maintains records, such as pharmacy files, charge system, inventory, and control records for radioactive nuclei.
- Assays prepared radiopharmaceutical, using instruments and equipment, to verify rate of drug disintegration and ensure patient receives required dose.
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
- Nuclear Medicine Technologists
- Physician Assistants
- Respiratory Therapists
General Work Activities
- Updating & Using Job-Relevant Knowledge
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Processing Information
- Handling and Moving Objects
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Job-Required Social Interaction