Pharmacist interns are responsible for dispensing medications that are prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners. As this is an intern position, he/she may still be enrolled in pharmacy school or is perhaps a recent program-graduate. This person will work under the direct supervision of a professional pharmacist, and may work within a team. This position can be found in a variety of pharmaceutical environments, including commercial pharmacies, drug stores, and hospitals.
Pharmacist interns may have a variety of responsibilities, including: providing information about medications to patients; advising physicians and health practitioners regarding selection of medications and their dosages/side effects; reviewing prescriptions to ensure accuracy and evaluate their suitability; maintaining accurate and confidential records (pharmacy files, patient information, etc); maintaining inventory; implementing and maintaining procedures for mixing and labeling pharmaceuticals; following legal protocol; compounding and dispensing medications; weighing and mixing ingredients; assessing the strength and purity of medications; analyzing prescription trends; preventing excess or harmful usage of medication; collaborating with other pharmacists to evaluate the effectiveness or quality of prescriptions or drug regiments; offering health-promotion activities; updating pharmaceutical databases; preparation of sterile solutions; and publishing educational information within their field.
Those in this position generally work with the public, so clear and effective communication skills are essential. Pharmacist interns must not only be able to explain medication in a “scientific” manner, but in layman’s terms, as well.
Pharmacist Intern Tasks
Provide pharmacy services as a pharmacy student under supervision of a pharmacist.
Prepare and dispense drugs and other pharmaceutical supplies.
Administer unit doses and intravenous mixture dispensing.