Posted on July 31, 2018 at 1:34 AM
There may be some confusion about the full role of the professional pharmacist in medical care. The patient, with
prescription from a physician in hand may consider the
diagnostic phase completed and comes to the pharmacist for
the prescribed medication to take for their physician identified
illness. On the other hand, pharmacists after their studies and
So, the question to my blog readers is whether, as a patient, you would think that pharmacists should taught further to play the bigger role as diagnostician beyond screening and packing medication already prescribed by the examining physician? Are you satisfied with the relationship you have with your licensed pharmacist? Would you want your pharmacist to learn and carry out more clinical responsibility? Physicians in the past and occasionally now have dispensed medication to their office patients after making a diagnosis. Should pharmacists take on a bit of the responsibility of making a diagnosis based on their more limited pharmacy school and hospital internship experiences? How do you want your pharmacist to be interacting with you as a patient? ..Maurice.