In government and private hospitals as well as dispensaries and community health centers, pharmacists dispense medicines, medical supplies and health accessories. They study the use, composition and effect of the drugs, which are, in turn, tested for strength and purity. Pharmacists
also advise the medical staff on the selection and side effects, of various drugs.
Pharmacists work in drug manufacturing companies and pharmaceutical companies, where they are involved in the manufacture of various medicines and drugs. They make sterile solutions and compound the actual mixing of ingredients to form powders, tablets, capsules, ointments and solutions. This involves working in medical analytical laboratories, which form an essential part of the industrial-manufacturing units.
TEACHING AND RESEARCH
Pharmacists are essentially involved in conducting scientific research in medical laboratories.
They have to make use of present knowledge about the properties of various drugs and medical compounds, and on it they have to build their own formulae for effective medicines, which are manufactured thereafter. Pharmacists with postgraduate degrees, or doctorates, can also opt for teaching in various colleges and other institutions.