General Information: Pharmacists, also known as chemists or druggists, are healthcare professionals who practice in pharmacy, the field of health sciences focusing on safe and effective medication use. A pharmacist is a member of the health care team directly involved in patient care. Pharmacists undergo university-level education to understand biochemical mechanisms of action of drugs, drug uses, and therapeutic roles, side effects, potential drug interactions, and monitoring parameters. This is mated to anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Pharmacists interpret and communicate this specialized knowledge to patients, physicians, and other health care providers. Among other licensing requirements, different countries require pharmacists to hold either a Bachelor of Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The most common pharmacist positions are that of a community pharmacist (also referred to as a retail pharmacist, first-line pharmacist or dispensing chemist), or a hospital pharmacist, where they instruct and counsel on the proper use and adverse effects of medically prescribed drugs and medicines. In most countries, the profession is subject to professional regulation. Depending on the legal scope of practice, pharmacists may contribute to prescribing (also referred to as "pharmacist prescriber") and administering certain medications (e.g., immunizations) in some jurisdictions. Pharmacists may also practice in a variety of other settings, including industry, wholesaling, research, academia, military, and government.
The Number of Pharmacists: In the last few years, the number of pharmacists has grown sharply. Employment growth in this occupation depends primarily on the degree of prescription drug use, developments in the field of practice of pharmacists and the number of pharmacy graduates. The sharp increase should continue over the next few years.
Pharmacy in Canada: Pharmacy is changing. Pharmacists are taking on expanded roles and are increasingly being recognized as the medication management experts of the health care team. Given the increasing numbers of medications, our aging population and the growing cost of pharmaceuticals, pharmacists are key to ensuring safe, cost-effective drug therapy for Canadians.
Pharmacists in Canada: The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the national professional organization for pharmacists in Canada. Specific requirements for practice vary across provinces, but generally include a Bachelor's of Science in Pharmacy from a recognized university, successful completion of a national board examination through the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, and practical experience through an apprenticeship/internship program. The vast majority (80%) of Canada's licensed pharmacists work in community pharmacies, another 15 percent in hospital or institutional pharmacies, and the remainder work in situations that may not legally require licensed pharmacists such as associations, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.
A Notable Canadian Pharmacist, Pamela Orfali: One of the notable Canadian pharmacists is Pamela Orfali who lives and works in Montreal. Here are some info about her:
Her Education: 1. John Molson School of Business: Graduate degree, Business Administration, Management and Operation (2013–2014). 2. Université de Montréal/ University of Montreal: Bachelor's degree, Pharmacy (2006–2010). 3. Collège Stanislas: Baccalauréat Français, Sciences.
Her Experiences: 1. Pharmacist Owner/ Pharmaprix at Monkland Avenue, Montreal (January 2014– Present). 2. Pharmacist/ Pharmaprix (2010–January 2014). 3. Pharmacy Student/ Lab Technician: Pharmaprix (2006–August 2010). 4. Pharmacy Intern: CHUM Notre-Dame (May 2009 – August 2009). 5. Research Assistant: CHUM - Universite de Montreal (June 2005–August 2006).
Some Meanings of Pamela
1. Pamela is Greek and means Sweet as Honey. The name "Pam" is rarely used by a true Pamela. Pamela is a Lady in all situations and represents beauty within. Loving, very forgiving to a fault, sweet, kind, christian/godly qualities, southern values, gift giver, flashy romantic dresser, encouraging, brightens a room, friendly, fun, loving the glitz and glamor of life. So nice some people think she is a fake but she is "the real thing".
2. Pamela: The most beautiful girl in the entire world. She has the most beautiful smile ever. It's bright and sparkling and it brightens everyone's day. She is just perfect.
3. Pamela: Truest of friends, good listener. Witty and charming. Beautiful eyes and soul. Passionate and caring, and can be fiercely stubborn and strong willed. Does not like to be told no. A perfectionist who often causes turmoil for herself. The girl next door, but has an alluring quality about her. Pamela is a complete package that comes with a wide variety of attributes. Pamelas are all a little different, each one is a one of a kind, unique in her own way.
1. According to many patients who visited Pamela Orfali, she is a very helpful, courteous and knowledgeable person and a very experienced pharmacist. Lots of people also admit that Pamela Orfali is the best pharmacist they have ever visited.
2. With best wishes for Pamela Orfali, and for all who work in the field of health care and social services.
Manouchehr Saadat Noury, PhD
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