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Scope of Pharmacy/ Pharmaceutical Sciences in USA?

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Scope of Pharmacy/ Pharmaceutical Sciences in USA?


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    Charu MalikFri, 03 Sep 2010 06:02:44 -0000

    Dear,

    Generally a pharmacist is responsible for distributing prescription drugs to patients and teaching them how to properly use their medications keeping a careful watch on patients to make sure they are using their prescriptions properly. They hold the authenticity to even instruct doctors on the side effects, dosages, selection, and interactions of certain medications.

    With a good understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of each drug as well as the clinical effects and proper uses, in the United States they are usually employed by a hospital, health clinic, drugstore, mental health institution, or nursing homes.

    Career Prospects

    As advisors: Because of the immense knowledgeable they carry about drugs, patients often come to them with questions about their prescriptions including the possibility of dangerous interactions of certain drugs and their potential side effects.

    They also offer advice concerning stress management, eating habits, exercise, and healthcare supplies and equipment, and are answerable to over-the counter drugs and help a customer decide which drug is right for them. They sometimes create drug programs for patients where they assess, observe, and watch drug use patterns and results. Those working for home healthcare prepare medications and infusions to use in a home setting.

    With specialized certification the US system permits them to give vaccinations. This provides the pharmacist with the right to provide vaccines, such as the flu shot, to the public. Pharmacists in a hospital setting can move up to administrator or supervisor status.

    With relevant experience and knowledge, as an independent prospect one can consider to own his/her pharmacy. A master’s degree in business, or MBA, is sometimes obtained by pharmacists planning to own a pharmacy and to enhance the prospects. Usually, Pharmacists working in independent pharmacies frequently start as staff employees, but can become managers or owners.

    Pharmacy aides and technicians often help pharmacists dispense drugs. It is a common practice for the pharmacy student interns to work under the supervision of pharmacists to get experience for a license and for graduation.

    However, the career prospects today in the US, has moved outside of pharmacies. Today we see them working alongside insurance companies to create benefit packages for prescriptions.

    Research is the most opted arena of work environment for a pharmacist. They are seen with the research labs in the universities, Pharmaceutical manufacturing companies who hire pharmacists to help with drug development and clinical research. Packaging, sales, production, marketing, quality control, etc. are areas where advancement is possible if working for a pharmaceutical company.

    At other levels, pharmacists can advance in their career by becoming store managers, regional managers, and eventually working for store headquarters while working for a drugstore chain.

    Career statistics

    The demand for pharmacists is increasing as the elderly and middle-aged populations are growing in size and demand large quantities of prescribed drugs and with the advancement of technology and science the creation of more drugs is on hike.

    Though more prescriptions will be needed as insurance companies provide better coverage and benefits, mail-order pharmacies could potentially lower job growth for pharmacists allowing the consumer to fill prescriptions by internet or mail.

    With the increase in the number of hospitals there is gradual rise in the outpatient surgeries thereby lowering the length of inpatient stays. Employment in hospital pharmacies is hence not expected to grow.

    Because the cost of medication is often lower than if conditions are left untreated, insurance companies are beginning to cover more prescription expenses. As more prescriptions are being filled, more career opportunities for pharmacists will arise.

    Salary Structure:

    As per the data retrieved, the salary structure could range from $68,516 to $100,039 with an experience of 1 to 4 years with an expected hike of $82,482 to $110,593 with the next 5 to 9 years.

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    All the best

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    anujdaga
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    anujdagaFri, 22 Jul 2011 13:07:37 -0000

    M working as a medical rep in india..
    M looking forward to plan of for working out of india in same field which m working now so as to earn handsomly…
    Kindly guide me out..!!

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    Amm e grewal
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    Amm e grewalMon, 19 Sep 2011 10:31:08 -0000

    is diploma is valid to get job of pharmacist in USA

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    vidhi naik
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    vidhi naikFri, 04 Jan 2013 11:59:31 -0000

    i m a student…doing pharmacy in ..i want know thae scope of pharmasist in usa

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