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    Pharmacists apply pharmaceutical concepts and theories by preparing and dispensing or selling medicaments and drugs.

    Tasks include -

    (a) preparing and directing the preparation of medicaments according to prescriptions of medical, dental and veterinary practitioners, or established formulae;

    (b) checking prescriptions to ensure that recommended dosages are not exceeded, and that instructions are understood by patient - or person administering the medicament - and advising on possible drug incompatibility;

    (c) dispensing medicaments and drugs in hospitals or selling them in pharmacies;

    (d) maintaining records, especially of narcotics, poisons and habit-forming drugs issued;

    (e) testing drugs to determine identity, purity and strength;

    (f) participating in the development of controls and regulations;

    (g) preparing scientific papers and reports;

    (h) performing related tasks;

    (i) supervising other workers.

    Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Pharmacist

  • Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Chemist, pharmaceutical - 2113

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 Updated 10 August 2004, by VA.