A Pharmacy provide drugs and medications that are prescribed by healthcare professionals. Medications include name-brand, generic and discount drugs, as well as over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Some pharmacies offer express service or 24-hour locations. Drugs are also available through online pharmacies, which provide discounts and fast service. A pharmacy provides consumers with prescription drugs and medications, as well as generic and discount drugs, over the counter (OTC) medications, and sundries.
Pharmacies are found in retail locations as well as within hospitals and clinics. They may offer express service or have 24-hour locations. In addition to filling prescriptions, pharmacies also provide education to patients about medications and their uses and side effects, including drug interactions and allergic reactions. Locations may be staffed by licensed pharmacists as well as pharmacy technicians. They rely on computerized record-keeping as well as systems to reduce the possibility over-prescription and adverse reactions. Pharmacists work with local health departments and law enforcement authorities to reduce the possibility of prescription fraud and other public health issues.
There are many different types of pharmacies. Community pharmacies are the most common type, as they are located in chain drug stores and in other retail locations. Clinical pharmacies are found in medical centers, clinics, and hospitals. Hospital pharmacies are located within a hospital and responsible for compounding multiple medications into single packages for delivery, as well as mixing intravenous medications and other injectable drugs.