Hospital pharmacist job description include key duties:
1. Ensuring medicinal products are stored appropriately and securely to ensure freshness and potency;
2. Ensuring medication reaches the patient in the correct form and dose – this may include tablets, capsules, ointments, injections, inhalers and creams;
3. Being responsible for the accurate dispensing and timely distribution of drugs and medicines for inpatients or outpatients;
4. Supervising and checking the work of less experienced and less qualified staff;
5. Responding to medication-related queries from within the hospital, other hospitals and the general public;
6. Keeping up to date with, and contributing to, research and development, often in collaboration with medical staff and colleagues in the pharmaceutical industry;
7. Writing guidelines for drug use within the hospital, preparing bulletins and implementing hospital regulations;
8. Providing information to individual wards on budgets and expenditure on drugs;
9. Setting up clinical trials, evaluating new medications against claims made by pharmaceutical companies and recommending new medicines that are the safest and most effective for individual patient needs.
10. Participating in ward rounds, taking patient drug histories and contributing to the treatment decision-making process – this includes highlighting a drug’s potential side effects, identifying harmful interactions with other drugs and assessing the suitability of treatments for patients with particular health conditions;
11. Liaising with physicians, nurses and other fellow health care professionals to ensure the delivery of safe, effective and economic drug treatment;
12. Counseling patients on the effects, dosage and route of administration of their drug treatments, particularly those who require complex drug therapy;
13. Monitoring every stage of medication therapy to improve all aspects of delivery and reporting patient side effects;
14. Communicating effectively with patients’ relatives, community pharmacists, general practitioners (GPS), etc.;
15. Preparing and quality-checking sterile medications under special conditions (e.g. Intravenous medications for those unable to take food, anti-cancer medications, eye drops, etc.).