Pharmacy Technician: A person who works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and performs many pharmacy-related functions that do not require the professional judgment of a pharmacist.
Pharmacist: An individual licensed by the appropriate state regulatory agency to engage in the practice of pharmacy. The practice of pharmacy includes, but is not limited to, assessment, interpretation, evaluation, and implementation, initiation, monitoring or modification of medication and or medical orders; the compounding or dispensing of medication and or medical orders; participation in drug and device procurement, storage, and selection; drug administration; drug regimen reviews; drug or drug-related research; provision of patient education and the provision of those acts or services necessary to provide medication therapy management services in all areas of patient care.
Pharmacy also called "drugstore" is a retail shop which provides prescription drugs, among other products. At the pharmacy, a pharmacist oversees the fulfillment of medical prescriptions and is available to give advice on their offerings of over-the-counter drugs. But pharmacy is not just about filling prescriptions.
It is also about promoting health awareness and contributing to the betterment of the community. Pharmacists may:
Prepare or supervise the dispensing of medicines, ointments and tablets.
Advise patients on how their medicines are to be taken or used in the safest and most effective way in the treatment of common ailments.
Select, give advice on and supply non-prescription medicine, sickroom supplies and other products.
Develop legally recognised standards, and advise on government controls and regulations concerning the manufacture and supply of medicines.
Work in the research and development of medicines and other health-related products.
Be involved in the management of pharmaceutical companies.
Advise members of the public and other health professionals about medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter medicines), including appropriate selection, dosage and drug interactions, potential side effects and therapeutic effects.