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Pharmacy Specialties

Pharmacy Specialties

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Jennifer LeClaire | Monster Contributing Writer

Hospice Pharmacists

This specialty works with medications that include controlled substances prescribed for terminally ill patients. Hospice pharmacists work at hospice agencies or at pharmacies serving hospice patients.

Industrial Pharmacists

Pharmacists in this specialty oversee all aspects of drug production for pharmaceutical companies. They can specialize in the production of a certain type of drug, such as aerosol or topical medications, tablets or capsules.

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Min. Education: Doctorate
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Infectious Disease Pharmacists

These professionals work in hospitals to implement decisions regarding use of therapeutic antibiotics, monitor patients and enforce formulary restrictions on antibiotics. A formulary is a list of insurance-approved drugs and their proper dosages.

Managed-Care Pharmacists

Within managed-care environments, such as HMOs or pharmacy-benefit management companies, these pharmacists review drug use and are involved in outcomes research, disease management, cost-analysis programs and pharmacy benefit design.

Nuclear Pharmacists

This specialization involves the procurement, compounding, quality assurance, dispensing, distribution and development of radiopharmaceuticals. These pharmacists also monitor patient outcomes and provide information and consultation regarding health and safety issues.

Nutrition Support Pharmacists

These pharmacists design and modify use of nutritional supplements to treat cancer patients, diabetics, pregnant women and others needing special nutrition support.

Oncology Pharmacists

Oncology pharmacists analyze pharmaceutical aspects of cancer-care programs to ensure optimal results. They also help improve the quality and safety of chemotherapy mixtures by monitoring dosing and administration.

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