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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2382-11 Hospital Pharmacist

Prepares and dispenses pharmaceuticals, drugs and medicines in hospital pharmacies.

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

Tasks Include:

  • reviews prescriptions to ensure that correct doses have been prescribed, and that the substances prescribed are compatible
  • prepares or supervises the preparation of liquid medicines, ointments, powders, tablets and other medications
  • compounds prescribed medicines, packages and labels them, and issues them in accordance with strict control procedures
  • maintains stocks and orders supplies of drugs and medicines and maintains inventories of pharmaceuticals
  • maintains control records of narcotics, poisons and habit forming drugs
  • stores and preserves vaccines, serums and other drugs
  • provides advice and information on the use and effects of medications
  • advises medical practitioners on drug incompatibility and contra-indications
  • may supervise others and manage the pharmacy as a business

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