What Are the Benefits of Becoming a Consultant Pharmacist?

What are the roles of a consultant pharmacist?

A licensed consultant pharmacist provides expert clinical guidance to healthcare providers on the appropriate use of medications in a variety of practice settings. This role includes collaborating with members of the health care team by providing recommendations to ensure safe and effective drug therapy, as well as guidance on regulatory compliance, facility medication utilization trends and appropriate medication storage.

Consultant Pharmacists will perform medication regimen reviews to access the appropriateness, safety, benefits, risks and cost-effectiveness of medication therapy on an individual patient’s health history.  The consultant pharmacist may provide alternate treatment options, as well as medication management guidance including drug monitoring, administration and storage.

What practice settings do consultant pharmacists work?

Consultant pharmacists may work in a variety of settings which include the following:

  • Hospitals
  • Long Term Care
  • Correctional
  • Assisted Living
  • ICF-DD
  • Outpatient Surgical Centers
  • Detox
  • Dialysis
  • Compounding
  • Hospice
  • Individual Private Patient Practice
  • Mental Health

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