Industrial Pharmacists perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Participate in basic research for the development of new drugs
B. Formulate new drug products developed by medical researchers
C. Test new drug products for stability and to determine their absorption and elimination patterns
D. Co-ordinate clinical investigations of new drugs
E. Control the quality of drug products during production to ensure that they meet standards of potency, purity, uniformity, stability and safety
F. Develop information materials concerning the uses, properties and risks of particular drugs
G. Evaluate labelling, packaging and advertising of drug products
H. Promote pharmaceutical products to health professionals.
I. Check prescriptions for proper dosage
J. Compound prescribed pharmaceutical products by calculating, measuring and mixing the quantities of drugs and other ingredients required and filling appropriate containers with correct quantity
K. Dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals to customers or to other health care professionals and advise them on indications, contra-indications, adverse effects, drug interactions and dosage
L. Maintain medication profiles of customers including registry of poisons and narcotic and controlled drugs
M. Ensure proper preparation, packaging, distribution and storage of vaccines, serums, biologicals and other drugs and pharmaceuticals
N. Order and maintain stock of pharmaceutical supplies
O. Advise customers on selection and use of non-prescription medication
P. May supervise and co-ordinate the activities of other pharmacists, pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and other staff.
1. In general, you must have a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy.
2. You also need supervised practical training.
3. To be a community or hospital pharmacist, you need a licence in the province/territory where you'll work.
4. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Pharmacists is $32.47/HR, which is above average for occupations in the health sector and above average for all professional occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.