Senior Care Pharmacists

Pharmacists are health care professionals responsible for the dispensation of prescription and nonprescription medications. They may advise physicians, nurses, or other health care professionals on the use of medications, and they also give patients instructions for taking and storing medicines. Senior care pharmacists, who are also known as geriatric care pharmacists, have expert knowledge regarding the medical conditions of the elderly and the treatments for these conditions. Many factors must be considered when treating the elderly, making this a complicated process. One factor to keep in mind is that older bodies react differently to medications than younger bodies. In addition, many older people have more than one health problem and take more than one medication. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, people aged 65 to 69 take an average of about 14 prescriptions a year. As people get older that number only increases. Because of factors such as these, senior care pharmacists work closely with other members of health-care professionals in caring for a patient. Senior care pharmacists' responsibilities include keeping records on their patients' drug regimens, advising health professionals on what medicines to use and giving training on how to use them, and monitoring patients' progress and adjusting medicines as needed.

Quick Facts
Duties Dispenses and reviews prescriptions; consults with patients regarding their medications; consults/trains health professionals on administering medicines; monitors patients and their drug regimens
Alternate Title(s) Geriatric Care Pharmacists
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; states with large retirement communities, such as Arizona, Florida, California, or Texas.
Education and Training
  • Doctorate
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship or part-time job
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Consulting Business Owner or Professor
  • Experienced Senior Care Pharmacist
  • Entry-Level Senior Care Pharmacist

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