Chapter 1. The Profession of Pharmacy. Chapter 1 Topics. Ancient Origins Pharmacist Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy Workplace of Today. Learning Objectives. Describe the origins of pharmacy Describe the four stages of development of the pharmacy profession in the twentieth century
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The Profession of Pharmacy
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How has the profession and practice of pharmacy evolved since ancient times?
During the twentieth century, the pharmacy profession has evolved through four stages.
How does the pharmaceutical care model affect the duties of pharmacists in the 21st Century? medication outcomes?
Pharmacy technicians play a valuable role in reducing the risk of medication errors.
The pharmacy technicians works under the direction of the supervising pharmacist.
dedication to providing a critical healthcare service to customers and patients
high ethical standards
willingness to follow instructions
eagerness to learn
an eye for detail
facility in basic mathematics
excellent communication skills
good research skills
ability to perform accurately and calmly in hectic or stressful situations
ability to multi-task or work on several projects at the same timeCharacteristics
A successful pharmacy technician must possess a wide range of skills, knowledge, and aptitudes.
What makes each of the listed characteristics of a pharmacy technician important?
A chain pharmacyis a community pharmacy that consists of several similar pharmacies in the region (or nation) that are corporately owned.
An independent pharmacyis a community pharmacy that is privately owned by the pharmacist.
A franchise pharmacy is member of a small chain of professional community pharmacies that dispense and prepare medications but are independently owned; sometimes called an apothecary.
Pharmacy technicians employed in a community pharmacy typically
A mail-order pharmacyis a large-volume centralized pharmacy operation that uses automation to fill and mail prescriptions to the patient.
Run by a centralized operation using both automation and pharmacy techs
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of community pharmacy operation?
Institutional pharmacies are organized under a corporate structure, following specific rules and regulations for accreditation.
A hospital pharmacyis an institutional pharmacy that dispenses and prepares drugs and provides clinical services in a hospital setting.
A home healthcare pharmacyis a pharmacy that dispenses, prepares, and delivers drugs and medical supplies directly to the home of the patient.
A long-term care facilityis an institution that provides care for geriatric and disabled patients.
A pharmacy technician in a long-term care facility may:
Managed care is a type of health insurance system that emphasizes keeping the patient healthy of diseases controlled to reduce healthcare costs.