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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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 Federal prosecutors said Walgreens configured its electronic pharmacy management system to prevent its pharmacists from dispensing less than a full box of five insulin pens, even when patients didn’t need that much. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Walgreens to Pay $269 Million on Claims It Overcharged Federal Programs," 22 Jan. 2019 Patients can ask their pharmacists if there is a less expensive version available, such as a generic. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to save money on health care," 22 Oct. 2018 But your pharmacist might be banned from telling you that. Paulina Firozi, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'Gag clauses' mean you might be paying more for prescription drugs than you need to," 5 July 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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