Why do we need a pharmacist to hand out prescription drugs?

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A pharmacist fills many roles in the health care field, including but not limited to providing advice regarding medications, providing instructions regarding proper dosage of medications, checking for and advising about possible interactions between medications, and suggesting alternative medications or treatments appropriate to a patient's needs. All of these roles require significant education in areas including pharmaceutical chemistry, physiology, anatomy, medication management, and much more. The RPh (Registered Pharmacist) designation is proof that the person dispensing the prescriptions has the training and knowledge to reliably provide medical information and treatment to patients depending on that expertise for their health care.

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