In the 21st century, infectious and chronic diseases are the
undisputed source of much human suffering. While cures are not
available yet for all of these illnesses, treatments to
prevent or control them exist. Pharmacists, with their specialized
knowledge of drugs and their effects on the body, can lead the
quest for health — and hope — for the world’s citizens.
Here, in the United States, it is estimated that 44% of all
Americans take at least one medication. Coordinating and monitoring
the health of these individuals is, therefore, critical. Not only
will appropriate therapies reduce overall health care costs, but
also they will improve the productivity, possibilities and quality
of life of
The scientific advances that have brought us many new medications
also have made prescribing and monitoring these drugs complex.
Medical professionals and consumers alike rely more than ever on
the specialized knowledge and experience of pharmacists.
Today, pharmacists work in research labs, hospitals, clinics,
poison control centers, community pharmacies and even mobile health
clinics for the homeless. They collaborate with teams of health
care professionals in identifying the most effective therapies and
in educating patients on their use. For young men and women who
enjoy science and want to apply their talents in service to others,
pharmacy is an outstanding career choice.