1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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      Retail Pharmacist
      Community Pharmacist

Compounds and dispenses prescribed pharmaceuticals in retail outlets and sells non-prescription medicines and related goods.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification and a one year traineeship. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:
  • prepares or supervises the preparation of liquid medicines, ointments, powders, tablets and other medications
  • checks prescriptions for correct dosage and for drug interactions and incompatibilities
  • compounds prescribed medicines, and packages and labels them
  • stores and preserves vaccines, serums and other drugs subject to deterioration
  • dispenses medical and surgical products as prescribed
  • records prescriptions dispensed, and the issue of poisons, narcotics and other restricted drugs
  • provides advice and information on the use and effects of medications
  • sells non-prescription drugs, sick-room supplies, toiletries, cosmetics and related commercial products

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