Clinical, Hospital, and Managed Care Pharmacy

Although many pharmacists work in drugstores, there are some who work in pharmacies that are part of a larger organization like pharmacy benefit management firms, preferred-provider organizations, Medicare advantage organizations, and health maintenance organizations. A clinical/hospital/managed care pharmacist has a direct hand in helping to keep patients safe. Typical duties of a clinical/hospital/managed care pharmacist can include participating in a wellness campaign, implementing a clinical program, performing drug utilization reviews, or managing drug rebates. Clinical/hospital/managed care pharmacists need to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited pharmacy program and then pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam. You'll study organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biostatics, and pharmacology. You'll also complete a residency, in which you'll be taught managed pharmacy concepts like formulary management, drug information, drug utilization management, leadership and practice management, pharmacy network management, provider reporting and education, patient care management, and managed care pharmacy research. In addition, students are required to participate in research related to clinical/hospital/managed care pharmacy practice and teach.

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