The difficulties and challenges on becoming a Pharmacist

Pharmacy is a very delicate sector of healthcare that deals with health and medical sciences. Just like every other profession, becoming a pharmacist has its difficulties. It requires a lot of reading, interaction with others, research, work ethics, and most important of all, it necessitates hard work and ultimate concentration over the years. Usually, a Bachelor of Pharmacy is required to become a professional. However, through the years, aspiring pharmacists are required to earn a Doctorate’s degree in Pharmacy. Choosing the school is possibly one of the most important decisions in a pharmacist’s career, so it must be done carefully, because it may impact the studying process and the final outcome.

Two of the most important subjects in pharmacy are biology and chemistry. In order to succeed, you must thoroughly study both of the subjects. Finally, after all the hard work and effort, the payoff could be worth it. You will become your own boss and do something you like for the rest of your life.

What does a pharmacist do?

A pharmacist’s main job is to advise his/her patients, physicians, or other people to choose their medicines and to regulate their dosage. Also, they should inform them about the possible side effects of the medications, but monitor their possible health progress as well, in order to ensure them that the medications are used safely and effectively.

We usually see pharmacist working on our local pharmacies, dispensing medications or counselling patients on how to use the prescribed medicines and advise them about the medication therapy. They can also do other things, like: advising people about general health topics, like diets, exercise programs, stress management, or provide information about specific products that they may be curious in.

Except for working in pharmacies, pharmacists can also may work as medical staff so they can make sterile solutions. They can also plan, monitor and evaluate medicinal programs, and so on. Some pharmacists may also specialize in specific nutritional areas or oncology. Others may specialize in nuclear pharmacy or psychiatric pharmacy, etc. All in all, pharmacists are qualified in several things:

  • Help in curing diseases;
  • Help reduce symptoms of inflammation;
  • Eliminate or reduce the process of a disease;
  • Prevent or diagnose the disease;
  • Try to alter the physiological process of the disease in a patient.

We should be able to differ a pharmacologist and a pharmacist, though. These two terms are interrelated, but often and interchanged as well, in a way that they have become ambiguous. So how are they different? Let’s explain.

What is the difference between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacologist?

Most of the people, when asked, cannot differentiate the term ‘pharmacist’ and ‘pharmacologist’, and they are right, the words are similar. However, pharmacology and pharmacy are rather different.

Pharmacology is essentially a branch of medicine which is concerned with the uses, effects and how different drugs act in one’s living organism. So this is basically the branch of medicine which deals with the way drugs act in the living beings. This field is also one of the essential parts when studying pharmacy, because pharmacists learn the effect of various doses of medicinal substances and how they can be introduced in our bodies. So a good pharmacist must be highly knowledgeable in pharmacology, as this branch deals with many important fields related to pharmacy, such as:

  • How the drugs affect our body;
  • What are the changes that occur in our body once the drugs react;
  • How is the effect produced by the drugs in a molecular site of action?
  • The relation between the does and effect, etc.

As we can see, becoming a good pharmacist has its own challenges, requirements, and difficulties. However, if you strive to become a successful pharmacist, you should have the scientific aptitude, good interpersonal skills, and also the desire to help others get better. Pharmacologist on the other side, have different duties. They study and define how different components react in different doses and organisms.

One thing both have in common, they try to prevent, diagnose and treat different diseases, but the processes of the two, are rather different.

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