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Chief Pharmacist: A “Pharmacist” as described above, with at least one year experience of providing pharmaceutical care to patients.

Client: All persons who come to the pharmacy for obtaining medicines, cosmetics or other products and services.

Community Pharmacy: the area of pharmacy practice in which medicines and other related products are sold or provided directly to the public from a retail outlet designated primarily for the purpose of providing medicines. The sale or provision of the medicine may either be on the order or prescription of a doctor or “over the counter” by the Pharmacist.

Drug: All chemical or natural substances capable of being used for therapeutic purposes. The expression Drug also includes narcotics, etc.

Medicine: Drugs used for therapeutic purposes. All medicines are drugs but all drugs are not medicines.

Patient: A client who is suffering from an ailment and visits the pharmacy to obtain medication or advice. All patients are clients but all clients may not be patients.

Pharmacy: See Community Pharmacy.

Pharmacy Assistant: A person engaged by a Community Pharmacy, who does not have any formal pharmacy qualifications but has received “on the job” or “in house” training. Pharmaceutical Care: the responsible provision of pharmaco-therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve or maintain a patient’s quality of life. It is a collaborative process that aims to prevent or identify and solve medicinal product and health related problems.

Pharmacist: A person with a formal pharmacy qualification such as a degree or diploma in pharmacy, and who is registered with the State Pharmacy Council where he is practicing the profession.

Profession: A vocation that meets the following criteria:

1. A state-enforced monopoly of rendering specialised services to society.

2. A control over length and content of the training that is mandatory for the occupational group.

3. An area of work where the society needs and receives consistently high and ethical standards of service.

4. The practitioners have an accepted and enforced code of ethics.

Qualified Pharmacist: A pharmacist who has adequate qualification(s) that make him/her eligible to get registered.

Registered Pharmacist: A Pharmacist who is registered under the Pharmacy Act with the state pharmacy council where he normally practices.

Trained Pharmacist: A Qualified Pharmacist who has adequate training to deliver Pharmaceutical Care.
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