A pharmacist must undergo eight years of education in order to obtain a doctorate in pharmacy. Until recently, pharmacists could only fill prescriptions. However, pharmacists across the nation have been taking on a more direct role in patient care. States such as North Carolina, California and New Mexico have implemented laws that allow a pharmacist to perform additional duties, and not just “fill a bottle with pills.” Some claim that allowing pharmacists more responsibility will alleviate the strain on resources experienced by both primary care physicians and hospitals. Others are concerned that pharmacists are being given too much responsibility.
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