PharmacyPharmacy historically is the profession of dispensing medication. More recently, the term has come to include other functions related to patient care (clinical functions), some of which are now mandated by federal or state law.
These include monitoring drug orders for appropriateness, for adverse drug interactions and following the course of therapy to insure positive outcomes.
Pharmacy is thus distinct from pharmacology, an academic discipline which includes the study of mechanisms of drug action. In most jurisdictions, pharmacists are regulated separately from physicians hence the separate profession.
In other jurisdictions, the doctor is allowed to dispense drugs themselves and the practice of pharmacy is integrated with that of the physician.
Where so regulated, only pharmacists may dispense certain pharmaceuticals, typically narcotics and antibiotics.
In the United States, a person must pass the Naplex examination before they can practice pharmacy.
A pharmacy (known also as a chemist's  or in American English a drugstore) is also a place where pharmacists (chemists) practise the profession of pharmacy.
Many retailers (including grocery stores and mass merchandisers) now include a pharmacy as department of their store. Many pharmacies also sell household items. Within pharmacies, the term "dispensary" is sometimes used to distinguish that part of the store which pharmacists practise pharmacy.
The dispensary is subject to pharmacy legislation. The rest of the pharmacy is simply a retail store.
Pharmacies are also located within hospitals and nursing homes and function as a department of these larger organizations. Such pharmacies are known within the pharmacy industry as "hospital pharmacies" to distinguish from "retail" or "community" pharmacies.
Pharmacists in hospital pharmacies often have more complex medications whereas pharmacists in community pharmacies often have more complex business and customer relations issues.
In medical buildings where physicians and other medical professionals congregate, a small community pharmacy may be present as well for the convenience of patients. Such a "medical pharmacy" is legally distinct from the other medical professionals, unlike the pharmacies integrated into hospitals. A medical pharmacy is in fact a community pharmacy.
The icon most commonly associated with the practise of pharmacy in the United States is the mortar and pestle; in France, it is a green Greek cross.
Apothecary is an older term used for pharmacy and pharmacists.
List of pharmacies
Pharmacist.com Very useful site for pharmacists and pharmacy students.
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The leading pharmaceutical resource on the Internet - healthcare industries; news, views, jobs, directories of agencies, professional organisations and freelancers, along with thousands of links out into the Internet.
Assorted ACPE Acredited Pharmacy CE
Comprehensive database of free online ACPE-accredited Pharmacy Continuing Education(CE); database contains more than 10 years worth of free ACPE credits; fee CE's also included.
The Internet source for healthcare information. Provides both information and links to areas on the web concerning healthcare and pharmaceutical-related topics. This free service is brought to you to improve your education as consumers and healthcare professionals.
Prodigy Data Systems, Inc.
Specializing in pharmacy management software.
Meditec Pty., Ltd.
Delivering automation products to pharmacists around the world.
Offers healthcare information tailored to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians assistants and consumers.
The Pharmaceutical Care Network
RPhLink consulting systems for pharmacy, pharmacy jobs, drug search.
Advice about diseases and conditions, herbal remedies and homeopathy. Ask the pharmacist a question, shop online or just find your local Numark Pharmacist.
Irish Pharmacy Pages
News and views about Irish Pharmacy with particular interest to community pharmacists.
For retail pharmacists, technicians, and pharmacy students needing information on pharmacists continuing education, technician CE, jobs, drugs, herbs and diseases.
Located in Oslo and is an efficient, flexible, and independent synthesis laboratory. Broad experience in the synthesis of organic compounds of wide structural variety.
Rx Tech School
Offers review courses and manuals for pharmacy technicians who need to pass the PTCB exam.
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services
The Nations Leading Pharmacy Management Company. Since 1971 Comprehensive Pharmacy Services has provided our clients the highest level of pharmacy services throughout the continuum of the overall healthcare system.
A one-stop resource for ordering free pharmaceutical samples from leading manufacturers - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Exclusively for physicians.
Brookcare Pharmacy Services
Provides over the counter and prescription drug pharmacy services to Assisted Living residences, Alzheimer's Care residences and skilled nursing facilities.
The Pharmacy Student's Guide to Life
A place for students to get guidance and support.
Mypharmacy - Health Advice
A UK pharmacist shares his knowledge and experience on keeping healthy, and what to do when you are not so well.
Provides online pharmacy news, continuing education, career services, drug resources and pharmacy business solutions for today's pharmacists and pharmacy related industries.
Paramount Data, LLC
Software for pharmacists involved with extemporaneous pharmaceutical compounding (CompoundIt(r)) and other clinical pharmacy related software.
Provides customized pharmacy management services to hospitals and health care systems including staffing, clinical programs, regulatory compliance and inventory control.
Johnston Rorke - Pharmacy Services
Accountant specialising in Pharmacy Advice. Over 150 pharmacy clients.
Provides medical information delivery services for doctors, pharmacies, patients, and healthcare organizations free of charge.
Pharmaceutical Strategies and Integrated Care Group
Pharmacy consulting group to medicaid, managed care, and corrections.
Source for pharmacy news, drug information, jobs, continuing education, books and resources.
Pharmacy Compounding Customizes Prescription Drugs
FDA Consumer magazine feature article on pharmacy compounding laws.
Dedicated to the exploration of ethical issues related to the development, promotion, sales, prescription, and use of pharmaceuticals. Includes articles, news stories, organizations and links.
Resource features articles, news, pharmaceutical information, regulatory updates and employment opportunities for pharmacists.
PharmaCE - Pharmacist & Technician Continuing Education
ACPE-approved continuing education from the publisher of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy and the Journal of Pharmacy Technology.
Triad Design & Equipment, Inc.
Designing, engineering and installing pharmacy and cleanroom environments for the acute care hospital and alternate site pharmacy in the domestic and international market.
The "one" source for information and resources for the pharmacy profession.
Reference and educational materials to assist pharmacies and pharmacists in compliance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Research project featuring articles on pharmaceutical drugs and the Internet.
National Co-op Pharmacy Branches
Health advice and NCC store locator.
Rx30 Pharmacy Management Systems
Pharmacy software available on the medical market.
Maxor is committed to the cost-effective delivery of quality products and services through our pharmacy benefit management, specialty injectables, and other services.
About.com: Buying Prescription Drugs in Mexico
Offers the pros and cons and further considerations including bringing the medications back through customs.
Providing quality pharmacy and health information to empower consumers to make better informed healthcare decisions.
A leading Pharmacy Benefits Management provider, offering proven solutions and tools to improve the health of your members while reducing overall benefits cost. Includes FAQs, news, careers and contact details.
Pharmaceutical Knowledge Network
Web based question and answer service for pharm community with industrial Sops, Validation protocols and e-mail and Chatting facility.
Free pharmacy training programs, pharmacy news, Spanish for pharmacists, career opportunities, CE's, and industry stocks.
Includes metric to standard conversions, common medical abbreviations, and a rebate program. Presented by Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc.
Pharmacy automation products, from pill counting to robotic systems and from design services to pharmacy workflow software.
Dr. Ahmed Elgarhi
Egyptian pharmacist offers data on drug interaction , precautions in pregnancy and pharmacy education in U.S.A.
PharmaSYST - Pharmacy with an Engineering Focus
Designed to blend the professions of pharmacy and industrial engineering and explore the possibilities of pharmacy informatics.
Phytopharm: Actual Problems of Creation of New Medicinal Preparations of Natural Origin
International congresses held annual in St. Petersburg, Russia. Call for papers, registration information, and other details.
A community with discussion forums that focus on future prescription drugs in the pipelines for various diseases.
Center for Pharmacy
Includes clinical and reimbursement guidelines, administration, pharmacoeconomic models, antiemetic guidelines, and resources available to clinical pharmacists, physicians and nurses.
Health Central: People's Pharmacy
Provides drug and health information to consumers. Articles, drug and herb libraries, home remedies, in-depth guides, answers to frequently asked questions, and summaries of radio programs.
Home infusion pharmacy service located in Wichita Falls, Texas. Offers information about the staff and services offered.
Pharmacon TPN and Infusion
Provides home intravenous therapy to patients throughout the United States. Offers details about the services and contact.
Paul Hsiao, PharmD's Clinical Pharmacy Center
Offers pharmacy/medical related news.
US FDA: Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online
FAQ on health concerns and legal aspects of buying medications over the Internet and from foreign sources.
Ask Your Pharmacist Website
Information on the pharmacist's role; how to use, store and dispose of medicines; regular news features, NPA advertising; careers information; kids' section; list of local pharmacies. The National Pharmaceutical Association (NPA).
How to buy Prescription Drugs without an Rx
Prescription medications from countries such as England, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Mexico, without a Prescription. These drugs are available and it's legal for you to import them today.
A comprehensive information and communications channel for the pharmaceutical profession in South Africa. It provides access to accurate and up-to-date pharmaceutical and related information to all users and easy communication with their colleagues, other healthcare workers and the public.
The Journal of Pharmacy Technology
For both pharmacists and technicians, jPT provides valuable information for those interested in the entire body of pharmacy practice.
Web-based information services designed to inform and connect the Canadian Pharmacy community, and anyone with an interest and role in this important sector of the healthcare industry.
Information for pharmacy consumers, patients, students, and pharmacists. Includes drug information, RX associations, and links.
The Hospital Pharmacist Journal
Full text of Hospital Pharmacist plus jobs in hospital pharmacy.
Argus Health Systems, Inc.
Provides pharmacy information technology, value-added administration, and claims processing. Learn about Argus, its products, services, and career information.
Pharmacist's Guide to Drug and Medical Information on the Internet
Clinical Pharmacist's web page containing links to helpful and informative drug and medical information sites. Drug databases are available.
Pharmaceutical links continuing education sites, drug information sites, nuclear pharmacy sites and employment opportunities.
Find drug information, patient profile review, a pharmacy newsletter, pharmacy consulting, and other pharmacy links. Staffed and run entirely by Registered Pharmacists.
Since 1954, Pharmex has worked with pharmacies to develop products and services designed to improve efficiency and enhance pharmacy operations. Products include pharmacy opening kits, prescription laser and thermal forms, warning labels, fonts, and other pharmacy and business supplies.
Drug Store News
Information about the drug store industry, trends, news articles, links.
Proxymed Pharmacies Solutions and Services
Online service that allows pharmacy staff to process physician prescriptions and refill requests, check formularies and drug interactions, and file claims for reimbursement.
Netrefill.com is a service of American Drug Stores in order to provide a convenient, safe and reliable way to refill a prescription.
Established in 1979 by Richard Jensen, is a privately-owned company specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of pharmacy-related products.