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Your pharmacist

Your pharmacist is your drug therapy specialist, and helps support you in reaching your health goals by

Assessing your health and drug therapy needs by considering your health history, current health status, current drug therapy, diagnostic and laboratory test results, allergies, lifestyle habits, and other relevant information. They make evidence-informed decisions when performing authorized activities including dispensing, prescribing, and administering drugs, vaccines, or other alternatives (including by injection) to treat or prevent disease, or to maintain your health.

Working with you to develop your health plan, which may include drug and non-drug alternatives. As a key member of your health team they consider your health status, health goals, and personal preferences when assessing your overall health needs. They consult, collaborate with, and advise other health and community service providers to ensure that your care is integrated and coordinated.

Educating and supporting you to use your treatments properly. Together, you and your pharmacist monitor your health and response to your health plan. Your pharmacist may adjust your drug treatments to support reaching your health goals and minimize the impact of undesired effects.

Coaching you about healthy living (e.g., nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, substance misuse and abuse, and sexual health). They offer screening programs to identify personal health risks, and immunization services to protect you from disease.

Directing your pharmacy team and ensuring the drugs and services you receive are safe and of high quality, and delivered in a professional and ethical manner. When your team does not include a pharmacy technician, your pharmacist takes responsibility for all roles that a pharmacy technician may provide.