Consultant Pharmacist

Advise Doctors on the proper use of certain medications.
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$82,000 – $139,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Consultant Pharmacists do?

In facilities where medications are prescribed en masse, the need is great for an expert who ensures the safety, security, and efficacy of prescribed medications. That expert is the Consultant Pharmacist.

You see, medications are made of powerful chemicals and compounds, and as such, they’re prone to volatile reactions when they’re mixed, which can produce dangerous and unpredictable results. Consider the popular science experiment involving Diet Coke and Mentos: When you add the candy to the soda, the result is a giant, foamy explosion. Although they probably won’t explode inside you, medications are a lot like Diet Coke and Mentos.

As a Consultant Pharmacist, you’re tasked with preventing those dangerous reactions. Employed by a consultancy and contracted by hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities, and other long-term care establishments, you’re a liaison between facilities that administer care and pharmacies that provide drugs.

As a result, you straddle the line between Retail Pharmacist and Hospital Pharmacist. Like the former, you’re licensed to dispense medications. Like the latter, meanwhile, you’re also responsible for advising Doctors, Nurses, and patients on the proper selection, dosage, combinations, and usage of drugs.

Your job as a Consultant Pharmacist isn’t just dispensing drugs and advice, however. You’re also in charge of monitoring facilities’ drug practices, including what drugs they’re prescribing, how much, how often, and to whom, your goal being to make sure the facilities are prescribing drugs safely and in accordance with all state and federal laws regulating the storage, distribution, and usage of pharmaceuticals. In that sense, you might say you’re a pharmaceutical Police Officer, keeping the peace between patients and their meds.

Should I be a Consultant Pharmacist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Pharmacy Consultant

    How to become a Consultant Pharmacist

    Most Consultant Pharmacists have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:abaaa9&chl=|certificate+%282%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2829%25%29|master%27s+%281%25%29|doctorate+%2868%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,68
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