The current New Zealand qualification to become a pharmacist is a four year university Bachelor of Pharmacy degree followed by a one year internship. Pharmacists must also continue their professional learning throughout their career in order to maintain an Annual Practicing Certificate.
Community pharmacies are spread throughout the country, with close to 1,000 in New Zealand. They offer a range of services and products.
The services available may differ from pharmacy to pharmacy. Community pharmacies can provide:
Your community pharmacist is vital to your community and integral to our health system.
Your community pharmacist needs to make sure that:
As medicines experts, pharmacists make sure you get the best results from your medicines, resolve any problems and reduce the chances of developing side effects. This takes time.
Your community pharmacist needs to know: