A Report on Pharmacists
Being a pharmacist is much harder than what you probably thought it was.
Pharmacists in a hospital have many, many responsibilities. They must be
very careful that they have measured the medication correctly, because
one little mistake can be potentially fatal.
Pharmacists must know what many of the medications do, and if there are
any side effects and incompatibilities with other medications the
patient might be on. For example, a person might be taking a medication
for another problem, and if the physician and pharmacist donít notice
that condition, the prescribed medication might cause a deadly
interaction. This does not happen with all drugs, but it happens with a
few, and you certainly donít want a result like that. The pharmacist
must also make sure that the patient does not have any allergies against
that type of medication.
Pharmacists should also know generic brands of medication that might
save the patientís money. They must know any differences between the
brand name and the generic name, such as drug interactions, side
effects, and how it should be taken.
Some responsibilities of the pharmacist include making intravenous
solutions and operating the TPN, which takes intravenous solutions and
adds vitamins such as amino acids. They also refill storage bins in the
Emergency Room, where doctors can get them if a patient needs them
Charles Rudolph Walgreen Sr. Is the founder of Walgreens. When he was
twenty, he borrowed twenty dollars, and moved from Dixon, Illinois to
Chicago. Throughout pharmacy school, he worked for pharmacies in the day
and went to school at night. When the United States went to War with
Spain in 1898, Walgreen was enlisted as a private. There were many
diseases in Cuba, and Walgreen fell sick. The doctor was so sure that
Walgreen was going to die, that he put Walgreenís name on the casualty
list, and newspapers told of his death!
When Walgreen returned from the war, he worked as a pharmacist for a man
by the name of Isaac W. Blood. He later bought out Bloodís pharmacy.
Customer service was very important to Walgreen. Often, he would answer
the phone himself, then tell the delivery boy what the prescription was
and where to deliver it. He would converse with the customer, so that
usually the prescription would come before the customer had hung up the
In 1909, he purchased one of the busiest pharmacies in Chicago with a
partner, Arthur C. Thorsen. He made attractive displays and showcased
windows, which was much different that the other dull pharmacies. He
also started manufacturing his own medications, which ensured him high
quality at an excellent price. He later added various items that
attracted business, such as an ice cream fountain, and during the winter
time, they served sandwiches and soup. Before 1916, each of Walgreenís
seven stores operated independently, so Walgreen decided to make it more
efficient, so in 1916, Walgreen merged all of his stores into one
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