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Glossary


PHARMACIST
Persons who have completed studies in pharmacy at university level (granted by adequate diploma) and who are licensed to practise pharmacy. They may be either salaried or self-employed pharmacists delivering services irrespectively of the place of service provision. Services provided by pharmacists include: preparing and directing the preparation of medicines according to prescriptions of medical and dental practitioners, or establish formulae; checking prescriptions to ensure that recommended dosages are not exceeded, and that instructions are understood by patients – or persons administering the medicines – and advising on possible medicine incompatibility; dispensing medicines in hospitals or selling them in pharmacies. [Source: adapted from EUROSTAT. Definitions and data collection specifications on health care statistics (non-expenditure data)] Hospital pharmacists: They provide services to patients and health care professionals in hospitals. [Source: European Association of Hospital Pharmacists] Hospital pharmacy specialist: A pharmacist who has completed an additional training program after completing the pharmacist degree in order to gain more specific and in-depth knowledge about hospital pharmacy. This definition does not describe pharmacists that work in hospitals who have not completed additional training. [Source: Global Conference on the Future of Hospital Pharmacy]
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