Pharmacists are licensed health professionals who prepare, dispense, and provide advice about both prescription and nonprescription medicines. They are specialists in medicine action, use, dosage, side effects, and interaction with other substances. They help ensure the safe use of medicines in people of all ages.
A pharmacist must hold a doctorate degree in pharmacy. All pharmacists must graduate from an accredited program and successfully pass a board-certified licensing examination. Pharmacists must hold a current license in the state in which they practice. Licensing requirements are managed by individual state boards of pharmacy.
Current as of: June 6, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine