In order to fulfill their professional obligations to their patients and to society, pharmacists must be able to assume a variety of duties and responsibilities. Pharmacists can only perform the necessary duties and responsibilities if have acquired the ability to do so. Ability consists of more than just knowledge, as knowledge can only be used in the professional setting by practitioners who also possess the necessary skills and attitudes. Professional attitudes are particularly important, as the successful pharmacist must have the desire and confidence to utilize his or her knowledge and skills for the best welfare of patients.
The following eight statements summarize the abilities that Harrison School of Pharmacy graduates will possess upon successful completion of their degree.
1. Evaluate Pharmacotherapy of Individual Patients
As the health professional primarily responsible for patient drug therapy outcomes, pharmacists must evaluate each patient’s drug therapy for appropriateness or inappropriateness. Pharmacists must compile and evaluate necessary patient data and determine appropriate pharmacotherapy goals in collaboration with the patient and other health care professionals.
2. Provide Appropriate Pharmacotherapy Interventions to Individual Patients
Pharmacists must be able to develop patient-specific drug therapy recommendations and plans, and provide patient follow up as appropriate. This includes making necessary interventions to assure that each patient’s treatment plan is safe and effective, and based on the best available scientific evidence. Appropriate communication with the patient and other health professionals, as well as patient referral, may be needed to assure that the patient achieves the desired drug therapy outcomes.
3. Provide Appropriate Drug Distribution to Individual Patients
Supervision of the drug distribution process is a core responsibility of pharmacy, although pharmacists may not perform the manipulative functions. Pharmacists have the responsibility of assuring that prescriptions are accurately interpreted, accurately prepared and dispensed, and screened for drug-related problems.
4. Maintain and Enhance Competence Through Self-Initiated learning
Maintenance of individual competence is a core responsibility of all professionals. This not only includes not only attendance at continuing education meetings but also having the ability and motivation to continuously assess one learning needs and engaging in self-directed learning to maintain one’s competence.
5. Manage the Pharmacy Within the Organization’s Business Plan
Entry-level pharmacists must be able to perform basic management processes in their pharmacy practice settings.
6. Develop Practice and Leadership
Pharmacists must exhibit leadership qualities in order to develop and improve their practices and careers.
7. Participate in Public Health and Professional Initiatives and Policies
Pharmacists can play a vital role in improving health promotion and disease prevention, responding to disasters, and contributing to public health initiatives and policy development.
8. Advance the Profession
Pharmacist must actively work to advance their profession and the pharmaceutical care model of practice. Methods to achieve this end include participation in professional organizations, advocating professional improvements, establishing and maintaining professional improvements, and ensuring that professional standards are maintained and enforced.
Last Updated: February 21, 2017