Table III

Pharmacists Responsibilities

assuring the integrity of the drug supply, including detecting counterfeit medicines; assuring the proper storage of medicines; preparation/compounding of medicines when needed; assuring the proper prescribing of medicines so that dose regimens and dosage forms are


providing education and interventions to prevent disease and disability, thereby promoting healthy lifestyles;

screening, educating and referring patients at risk to and referring patients to other health care providers, where appropriate;

assisting patients with selection of over-the-counter medications and other healthcare products;

supporting patient self-care by assessing symptoms, providing advice on the management of minor symptoms and the selection and use of over-the-counter medications and other

healthcare products,

dispensing medicines, ensuring that instructions for use are clear, drug drug and drug food interactions are prevented, known and predictable adverse drug reactions including allergies

and other contra-indications are avoided, unnecessary treatments minimized, and that the

cost of medicines is considered;

preparing and administering medicines, where appropriate; promoting immunization and other public health services; assuring patients or those administering medicines have a good understanding of the

importance of taking medicines properly, such as the correct timing of doses, foods or other

drugs to avoid when taking a dose and what to expect after taking the medicine;

monitoring treatment to verify effectiveness and prevent, identify and resolve actual and potential adverse drug events or other drug related problems;

optimizing health outcomes by monitoring and evaluating response to drug therapy, in a collaborative framework with physicians and other health care providers.

having services available that allow for patient follow-up such as point-of-care measurements or laboratory testing;

improving safety through medication reconciliation and seamless care.