Proposing a New Pharmacy Position: The Pharmacy Technologist
November 2016 - Vol. 13 No. 11 - Page #54

The practice focus of the hospital pharmacist is rapidly shifting from an emphasis on medication dispensing to a concentration on clinical medication-use management. The increasing prevalence of collaborative practice agreements, medication therapy management, and the expanding role of the pharmacist in prescribing illustrate how pharmacy practice is evolving to center on clinical pursuits. This transformation is concurrent with increased demands on proper management of pharmacy operations, including sterile and nonsterile compounding, medication repackaging, controlled substance accountability and monitoring, drug distribution, pharmacy automation, pharmacy informatics, regulatory compliance, drug shortage management, pharmaceutical purchasing and inventory control, and financial analysis. The profession of pharmacy requires a solid pharmacy operations foundation to support the pharmacist in the clinical management of medication use.

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