What are the roles of a consultant pharmacist?
A licensed consultant pharmacist provides expert clinical guidance to healthcare providers on the appropriate use of medication in a variety of practice settings. This role includes collaborating with members of the health care team to promote safe and effective drug therapy, and to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
Consultant pharmacists perform medication regimen reviews based on a patient’s health history to evaluate the appropriateness, safety, benefits, risks, and cost-effectiveness of medication therapy. The consultant pharmacist may provide alternate treatment options, as well as medication management guidance including drug monitoring, documentation, administration and storage.
What practice settings do consultant pharmacists work?
Consultant pharmacists may work in a variety of settings which include the following:
- Long Term Care
- Assisted Living
- Outpatient Surgical Centers
- Individual Private Patient Practice
- Mental Health
Opportunities in Consultant Pharmacy
What are the benefits of becoming a licensed consultant pharmacist?
- Increased opportunity for career advancement
- A flexible work schedule
- Ability to apply clinical skills to improve patient outcomes
- Collaboration with health care providers as a vital part of the health care team
- Ability to specialize and apply expertise in areas such as geriatrics, mental health, MTM
- Utilization of communication, problem-solving and decision-making skills