What is a Pediatric Pharmacist?

Pediatric pharmacists are licensed professionals with at least five years of highly specialized pharmacy education. They often have completed doctoral degrees in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and post-graduate residency programs that make them the nation’s medication-use experts. Their responsibilities often include:

Evaluating new medications to recommend those that are safest and most effective for individual patients;

Advising physicians and other health care personnel about medication selection and administration;

Counseling patients and parents directly to help them use their medication wisely;

Monitoring every stage of medication therapy to improve all aspects of effectiveness;

Providing crucial quality checks to detect and prevent harmful drug interactions or reactions and potential mistakes;

Working under sterile conditions to combine injectible medications with fluids to create compounds that patients receive intravenously;

Supervising the dispensing and distribution of medication; and

Obtaining and maintaining supplies of medications that meet quality standards for purity and effectiveness and managing the proper storage of these products to ensure freshness and potency.