phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-sist How to pronounce pharmacist (audio) \

Definition of pharmacist

: a health-care professional licensed to engage in pharmacy with duties including dispensing prescription drugs, monitoring drug interactions, administering vaccines, and counseling patients regarding the effects and proper usage of drugs and dietary supplements

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Synonyms for pharmacist


apothecary, chemist [British], druggist

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Examples of pharmacist in a Sentence

the pharmacist caught an error in the prescription's dosage

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That's when the pharmacist, who is not the same person who sold her the pill, tells Annie something not often talked about: Emergency contraceptive pills may be less effective for people over a certain weight. Brittney Mcnamara, Allure, "Shrill Is Right About the Impact of Your Weight on the Morning-After Pill's Efficacy," 25 Mar. 2019 That's when the pharmacist, a different one than the person who sold her the pills, tells Annie something that's not often talked about: emergency contraceptive pills might be less effective for people over a certain weight. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Emergency Contraceptives May Be Less Effective for People Over a Certain Weight," 19 Mar. 2019 Also striking in sympathy were the University Professional & Technical Employees, whose 15,000 members include pharmacists, clinical social workers, physical therapists, computer technicians and researchers. Teresa Watanabe,, "UC labor strike expands with show of support from more unions," 8 May 2018 Also, some states have enacted laws enabling pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "7 Myths About Emergency Contraception You Should Stop Believing," 8 Apr. 2019 The cost will likely vary depending on your insurance status, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your options. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About Xofluza, the New Flu Medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 Generic drugs have been widely interchangeable with brand-name equivalents by doctors and pharmacists in many states, but that hasn’t been the case with biosimilars. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "FDA Unveils Effort to Get ‘Biosimilar’ Drugs on the Market Faster," 18 July 2018 Larry Merlo, chief executive officer of CVS, said the deal will integrate the work of doctors, pharmacists, other health care professionals and health benefits companies to establish a platform that is easier to use and less expensive for consumers. Stephen Singer,, "Report: Justice Department Will Not Challenge $69 Billion CVS-Aetna Deal," 12 July 2018 The teams are made up of a technical assistant, who visits patients at home; a clerk who keeps up-to-date records; a nurse; a doctor; and a pharmacist. The Economist, "First things firstThe importance of primary care," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pharmacist

1721, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pharmacist was in 1721

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phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-səst How to pronounce pharmacist (audio) \

Kids Definition of pharmacist

: a person whose job is preparing medicines according to a doctor's prescription


phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-səst How to pronounce pharmacist (audio) \

Medical Definition of pharmacist

: a person licensed to engage in pharmacy

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