Job Title: 


Job Description: 

Pharmacists store, preserve, compound, and dispense medicinal products and counsel on the proper use and adverse effects of drugs and medicines following prescriptions issued by medical doctors and other health professionals. They contribute to researching, testing preparing, prescribing and monitoring medicinal therapies for optimising human health.


Tasks include:

  • receiving prescriptions, checking patients' medicine histories, and ensuring proper dosage and methods of administration and drug compatibility before dispensing
  • preparing or supervising the preparation and labelling of liquid medicines, ointments, powders, tablets and other medications to fill prescriptions
  • providing information and advice to prescribers and clients regarding drug interactions, incompatibility and contra-indications, side effects, dosage and proper medication storage
  • collaborating with other healthcare professionals to plan, monitor, review, and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the medicine therapy of individual patients, and the effectiveness of particular drugs or therapies
  • maintaining prescription files and recording issue of narcotics, poisons and habit-forming drugs
  • storing and preserving vaccines, serums and other drugs subject to deterioration; supplying non-prescription medicines, and diagnostic and therapeutic aids
  • supervising and coordinating the work of pharmaceutical technicians, and pharmacy sales assistants
  • conducting research to develop and improve pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and related chemical products
  • conferring with chemists, engineering professionals and other professionals about manufacturing techniques and ingredients
  • testing and analysing drugs to determine their identity, purity and strength in relation to specified standards
  • evaluating labels, packaging and advertising of drug products
  • developing information and risks of particular drugs
Additional Notes: 

This unit group includes

Pharmacist (patient care)
Hospital pharmacist
Retail pharmacist
Specialist pharmacist

This unit group excludes

Pharmacologist (2134)
Pharmacy technician (3213)

Specific Occupations: 

Pharmacist (patient care)

Other pharmacists

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Source Of Info: 

Source: SINGAPORE STANDARD OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION 2015, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Trade & Industry, Republic of Singapore