Tasks and duties

  • Collaborating with other health care professionals to plan, monitor, review, and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the medicine therapy of individual patients, and the effectiveness of particular drugs or therapies
  • Evaluating labels, packaging and advertising of drug products
  • Advising clients on and supplying non-prescription medicines and diagnostic and therapeutic aids for common conditions
  • Conducting research to develop and improve pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and related chemical products
  • Storing and preserving vaccines, serums and other drugs subject to deterioration
  • Developing information and risks of particular drugs
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy interns and pharmacy sales assistants
  • Maintaining prescription files and recording the issue of narcotics, poisons and habit-forming drugs in accordance with legal and professional requirements
  • Preparing or supervising the preparation and labelling of liquid medicines, ointments, powders, tablets and other medications to fill prescriptions
  • Testing and analysing drugs to determine their identity, purity and strength in relation to specified standards
  • Receiving prescriptions for medicinal products from medical doctors and other health professionals, checking patients' medicine histories, and ensuring proper dosage and methods of administration and drug compatibility before dispensing
  • Providing information and advice to prescribers and clients regarding drug interactions, incompatibility and contra-indications, side effects, dosage and proper medication storage
  • Conferring with chemists, engineering professionals and other professionals about manufacturing techniques and ingredients

    Skill level

    Highly skilled
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