Doctor's orders; I'm Shayna [assumed spelling] and I'm heading to the pharmacy. For many of us, it's hard to imagine life without these. Almost half of Americans use at least one prescription drug, keeping pharmacists like Anish Bakani [assumed spelling] busy.
We're on the phone with the doctors pretty much all day long. You're on the phone with the doctors; as you see, there's a doctor's office call that's coming through right now.
Doctors prescribe drugs, then pharmacists distribute the medications.
Ultimately, you know, you want to make sure that everyone's getting their right medicine and the right dose.
Pharmacists inform patients about their medications and how to use them.
And you'll go over the side effects or anything that they can expect from the medicine when you're filling it.
To prevent drug interactions, pharmacists use computer records.
Now, it has my phone number and my date of birth, and then your RX history on what you've received in the past or what you've filled before.
Filling prescriptions could mean putting pills in a bottle or making the medicine yourself.
We can make capsules, suppositories, lollipops, anything here at the pharmacy.
And where does that happen?
It happens in the compounding room. We could show you that, over here.
These prescription medications are just one type of drug you'll deal with. What about over the counter things? You know, if I have a cold?
I would come and ask you if I don't know what's happening?
We do that all the time. So I mean, people will come in; they're looking for a recommendation. I'll see what kind of symptoms they have and then we'll go from there.
Pharmacists serve as consultants for doctors, too.
Number one, I just have to treat this; what do I use? And they'll ask you, the pharmacist, to recommend dose, everything.
It's a lot of work for one person, so pharmacists have technicians to pitch in.
This is the technician's work; they've filled the prescriptions and basically, now, at this point, I'm here to go ahead and check these prescriptions and make sure that everything is right.
Most pharmacists work in a retail drug store. Others work in hospitals or clinics. But no matter where you work, you're on the move.
Breaks are few and far in between, and you're pretty much on the go all day long throughout your shift, but I like it that way. I'd rather stay busy.
Tell me about your hours. How often do you work?
Full time; work 40 hours, 40 plus hours.
Before you can start putting in hours on the job, you'll need years of training. And what's your educational background?
I have an undergraduate degree. It's a life sciences degree from Nova Southeastern University, a local college here. And in addition to that, you had to go through four years of pharmacy school too, for graduate school.
There are about 100 accredited pharmacy schools for you to choose from. Then after graduation, there's one final test.
You need, you know, to pass the board exam to get your state licenses.
After all of your rigorous studying, odds are you'll be rewarded with a job. Over the next five years, there will be more job openings than pharmacy grads. And, Anish has more good news for you.
A starting pharmacists salary is probably starting out somewhere like in the $95,000 range, and goes all the way up to like, probably like $110,000; $115,000.
As for the bad news; so is there a part of the job that you just wished didn't exist?
Yeah, probably insurance companies. A lot of times you feel like you're an insurance agent; you know, where you're constantly, people bring in their cards, they're yelling about their co-payments and things like that.
If you have a passion for helping people, Anish says the rewards are well worth the insurance hassle.
Shayna, your prescription's ready.
Thank you. And, thanks to you guys for tuning in to YouniversityTV. Catch you next time.