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Working As A Pharmacist In Charge

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Processing Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $192,829

    Average Salary

What Does A Pharmacist In Charge Do

Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.

Duties

Pharmacists typically do the following:

  • Fill prescriptions, verifying instructions from physicians on the proper amounts of medication to give to patients
  • Check whether prescriptions will interact negatively with other drugs that a patient is taking or any medical conditions the patient has
  • Instruct patients on how and when to take a prescribed medicine and inform them about potential side effects they may experience from taking the medicine
  • Give flu shots and, in most states, other vaccinations
  • Advise patients about general health topics, such as diet, exercise, and managing stress, and on other issues, such as what equipment or supplies would be best to treat a health problem
  • Complete insurance forms and work with insurance companies to ensure that patients get the medicines they need
  • Oversee the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training (interns)
  • Keep records and do other administrative tasks
  • Teach other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients

Some pharmacists who own their pharmacy or manage a chain pharmacy spend time on business activities, such as inventory management. Pharmacists also must take continuing education courses throughout their career to keep up with the latest advances in pharmacological science.

With most drugs, pharmacists use standard dosages from pharmaceutical companies. However, some pharmacists create customized medications by mixing ingredients themselves, a process known as compounding.

The following are examples of types of pharmacists:

Community pharmacists work in retail stores such as chain drug stores or independently owned pharmacies. They dispense medications to patients and answer any questions that patients may have about prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or any health concerns that the patient may have. They also may provide some primary care services such as giving flu shots.

Clinical pharmacists work in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. They spend little time dispensing prescriptions. Instead, they are involved in direct patient care. Clinical pharmacists may go on rounds in a hospital with a physician or healthcare team. They recommend medications to give to patients and oversee the dosage and timing of the delivery of those medications. They also may conduct some medical tests and offer advice to patients. For example, pharmacists working in a diabetes clinic may counsel patients on how and when to take medications, suggest healthy food choices, and monitor patients’ blood sugar.

Consultant pharmacists advise healthcare facilities or insurance providers on patient medication use or improving pharmacy services. They also may give advice directly to patients, such as helping seniors manage their prescriptions.

Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists work in areas such as marketing, sales, or research and development. They may design or conduct clinical drug trials and help to develop new drugs. They may also help to establish safety regulations and ensure quality control for drugs.

Some pharmacists work as college professors. They may teach pharmacy students or conduct research. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers.

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How To Become A Pharmacist In Charge

Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from an accredited pharmacy program. They must also be licensed, which requires passing licensure and law exams.

Education

Prospective pharmacists are required to have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, a postgraduate professional degree. In July 2014, there were 130 Doctor of Pharmacy programs fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Admissions requirements vary by program, however, all Doctor of Pharmacy programs require applicants to take postsecondary courses such as chemistry, biology, and anatomy. Most programs require at least 2 years of undergraduate study, although some require a bachelor’s degree. Most programs also require applicants to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

Pharm.D. programs usually take 4 years to finish, although some programs offer a 3-year option. Some schools admit high school graduates into a 6-year program. A Pharm.D. program includes courses in chemistry, pharmacology, and medical ethics. Students also complete supervised work experiences, sometimes referred to as internships, in different settings such as hospitals and retail pharmacies.

Some pharmacists who own their own pharmacy may choose to get a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in addition to their Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Others may get a degree in public health.

Training

Following graduation from a Pharm.D. program, pharmacists seeking an advanced position, such as a clinical pharmacy or research job, may need to complete a 1- to 2-year residency. Pharmacists who choose to complete the 2-year residency option receive additional training in a specialty area such as internal medicine or geriatric care.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states license pharmacists. After they finish the Pharm.D. program, prospective pharmacists must pass two exams to get a license. The North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) tests pharmacy skills and knowledge. The Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE) or a state-specific test on pharmacy law is also required. Applicants also must complete a number of hours as an intern, which varies by state.

Pharmacists who administer vaccinations and immunizations need to be certified in most states. States typically use the American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery program as a qualification for certification.

Pharmacists also may choose to earn a certification to show their advanced level of knowledge in a certain area. For instance, a pharmacist may become a Certified Diabetes Educator, a qualification offered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or earn certification in a specialty area, such as nutrition or oncology, from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Certifications from both organizations require varying degrees of work experience, as well as passing an exam and paying a fee.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Pharmacists must provide safe medications efficiently. To do this, they must be able to evaluate a patient’s needs and the prescriber’s orders, and have extensive knowledge of the effects and appropriate circumstances for giving out a specific medication.

Communication skills. Pharmacists frequently offer advice to patients. They might need to explain how to take a medicine, for example, and what its side effects are. They also need to offer clear direction to pharmacy technicians and interns.

Computer skills. Pharmacists need computer skills to use any electronic health record (EHR) systems that their organization has adopted.

Detail oriented. Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the prescriptions they fill. They must be able to find the information that they need to make decisions about what medications are appropriate for each patient, because improper use of medication can pose serious health risks.

Managerial skills. Pharmacists—particularly those who run a retail pharmacy—must have good managerial skills, including the ability to manage inventory and oversee a staff.

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Average Length of Employment
Pharmacist Manager 6.3 years
Staff Pharmacist 6.0 years
Retail Pharmacist 4.8 years
Pharmacist 4.5 years
Float Pharmacist 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Pharmacist In Charge
Pharmacist 21.1%
Internship 1.7%
Cashier 1.3%
Owner 0.8%
Top Careers After Pharmacist In Charge
Pharmacist 27.1%
Manager 1.1%
Consultant 0.9%
Owner 0.9%

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Pharmacist In Charge Demographics

Gender

Female

53.0%

Male

44.0%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

54.4%

Asian

15.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Unknown

6.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.9%

French

9.5%

Vietnamese

6.5%

Chinese

6.5%

Hindi

4.1%

Mandarin

4.1%

Russian

4.1%

Cantonese

4.1%

Arabic

4.1%

Gujarati

3.6%

Filipino

3.6%

Tagalog

3.6%

Korean

3.0%

Portuguese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

German

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%
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Pharmacist In Charge Education

Schools

Temple University

7.9%

University of Florida

7.3%

University of Houston

6.5%

Duquesne University

5.6%

University of Louisiana at Monroe

5.6%

Saint Louis College of Pharmacy

5.4%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

5.2%

University of Kentucky

5.2%

Texas Southern University

5.0%

Ferris State University

4.9%

Saint John's University - New York

4.9%

University of Southern California

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.3%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.1%

University of Georgia

4.1%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

University of Rhode Island

3.9%

Albany College of Pharmacy

3.9%

University of the Sciences

3.7%
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Majors

Pharmacy

76.3%

Business

4.4%

Biology

3.4%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Nursing

1.6%

Chemistry

1.5%

Psychology

1.2%

Pharmacology

1.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.0%

Education

1.0%

Management

1.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

0.7%

Clinical Psychology

0.7%

Medical Assisting Services

0.7%

Communication

0.6%

Criminal Justice

0.6%

Public Health

0.6%

Computer Information Systems

0.6%

Medicine

0.5%

Finance

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.8%

Doctorate

28.8%

Other

19.2%

Masters

8.9%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

2.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Pharmacist In Charge Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pharmacist-In-Charge Falmouth Pharma LLC North Falmouth, MA Oct 21, 2016 $160,160
Pharmacist-In-Charge Shapa, Inc. Dallas, TX Nov 11, 2016 $150,264
Pharmacist In Charge MPN Pharmacy MGT LLC. Round Rock, TX Jan 10, 2016 $144,000
Pharmacist In Charge Bacon East Pharmacy Concord, CA Jul 14, 2016 $143,000
Pharmacist In Charge Main Street Pharmacy Inc. Oak Hill, WV Jul 09, 2015 $140,000
Pharmacist In Charge Centro Pediatric Pharmacy LLC Richland Hills, TX Dec 07, 2016 $140,000
Pharmacist In-Charge Raj Lunagaria Inc. San Bernardino, CA May 10, 2015 $137,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge CVS RX Services, Inc. Porterville, CA Jul 27, 2015 $136,323
Pharmacist-In-Charge Mission Pharmacy Services Inc. Yuba City, CA May 25, 2016 $135,655
Pharmacist-In-Charge CVS RX Services, Inc. Livingston, TX Jul 27, 2015 $134,090
Pharmacist-In-Charge Health Care Pioneers, Inc. Dba Vivarx Pharmacy Rancho Mirage, CA Nov 30, 2016 $132,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge CVS RX Services, Inc. Liberty, TX Jul 13, 2015 $131,481
Pharmacist-In-Charge Zarzamora Healthcare LLC San Antonio, TX Jul 04, 2016 $131,019
Pharmacist In Charge Trinity Health Care, LLC Chandler, AZ Nov 15, 2015 $130,624
Pharmacist In-Charge Trinity Health Care LLC DBA Chandler Drugs Chandler, AZ Jan 08, 2016 $119,205
Pharmacist-In-Charge Fort Hill Chemists Inc. D/B/A Fort Hill Pharmacy Groton, CT Mar 10, 2016 $118,100
Pharmacist-In-Charge Byron Drugs LLC Southgate, MI May 18, 2016 $117,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge Unity Pharmacy LLC Fairfield, CT Sep 02, 2016 $115,336
Pharmacist-In-Charge Unity Pharmacy LLC Fairfield, CT Feb 09, 2016 $115,336
Pharmacist In Charge South Austin Pharmacy LLC Austin, TX Mar 28, 2016 $115,170 -
$115,200
Pharmacist-In-Charge North East Drugs, LLC Baltimore, MD Jul 18, 2016 $115,000
Pharmacist-In-Charge HDK Enterprises Inc. Corpus Christi, TX Jan 07, 2016 $114,878
Pharmacist-In-Charge Parke Vista Pharmacy Inc. Riverside, CA Feb 23, 2015 $109,637 -
$118,000
Pharmacist In Charge Mecap Inc., Dba Glen Ridge Pharmacy Glen Ridge, NJ Jun 27, 2016 $109,013
Pharmacist In-Charge Branch Brook Corp Newark, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $109,013
Pharmacist In Charge BZ Pharmacy Houston, TX Jan 03, 2015 $108,524
Pharmacist In Charge Metro Pharmacy II, LLC Newark, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $108,493
Pharmacist In Charge HDK Enterprises, Inc. Corpus Christi, TX Aug 11, 2016 $108,160
Pharmacist-In-Charge Shivsai RX LLC D/B/A Sanford Discount Pharmacy Sanford, FL Aug 19, 2016 $107,661
Pharmacist-In-Charge Benzer Fl 4, LLC Mount Dora, FL Dec 21, 2016 $107,661

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Top Skills for A Pharmacist In Charge

  1. Pharmacy Staff
  2. Pharmacy Technician
  3. Customer Service
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  • Developed procedures to increase efficiency and cost effectiveness of the pharmacy and pharmacy staff.
  • Provide supervisory oversight to Pharmacy technicians, specifically with scheduling, inventory management and other work assignments.
  • Delivered expert customer services and patient counsel regarding medications, over-the-counter remedies, nutrition, and supplements.
  • Recommend an alternative medication therapy to providers and assist providers in the proper selection and adjustment of drug therapy.
  • Researched and implemented an innovative TB Directly Observed Therapy medication packaging and dispensing system.

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