Understanding of Pharmacists and their Tasks

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Pharmacists are pharmacists who have passed professional education, and have made vows based on the applicable laws and regulations and have the right to do pharmacy work in Indonesia as pharmacists.

In addition, pharmacists are someone who has expertise and authority in the field of pharmacy in pharmacies, hospitals, industry, education, and other fields that are still related to the field of pharmacy. Pharmacy Pharmacist (APA) is a pharmacist who has been given a Pharmacy Practice License (SIPA).

Pharmacists have a very important role in assisting, providing counseling, helping sufferers to prevent and control complications that may arise, prevent and control drug side effects, adjusting the dosage of drugs that must be consumed by the patient is the task of the pharmaceutical profession. Legal protection for patients in the Civil Code and several laws governing it.


In the management of pharmacies, pharmacists must always have the ability to provide and provide good services, make the right decisions, communicate skills between professions, place themselves as leaders, the ability to manage human resources effectively, always be patient throughout their careers, and help provide education and giving opportunities to increase knowledge.

Duty of Pharmacists
Not just giving drugs and explaining how to use the drugs you need, there are many other things you need to know about the duties of an actual pharmacist. Pharmacists do not prescribe drugs, but play an important role in maintaining the quality of the drug and ensuring proper storage of the drug.


A pharmacist is one part of a professional health care team working in a pharmacy, whether hospital pharmacy or pharmaceutical industry. Focusing on the effectiveness and safety of drug use, a pharmacist has the task of distributing medicines.

In addition, a pharmacist is also in charge of selecting drugs that can still be used and the drug expires. Pharmacists can also help suggest whether you need to see a doctor, find a variety of drug choices, and tell about the side effects of each drug.

To become a pharmacist, a person must undergo a university-level pharmacy degree and learn a number of things, such as how to use drugs, drug side effects, drug interactions with other compounds or drugs, monitor drug use and reaction boundaries, and study chemical and work mechanisms medicine in the body. What is learned will be combined with other scholarship, such as the anatomy and physiology of the human body. To do this work, a pharmacist must be previously registered in a supervisory body, namely the Indonesian Pharmacist Association.

With its supplies, pharmacists have an important role in a hospital or pharmaceutical industry, and provide quality health services. Unfortunately, sometimes some pharmacists act against the rules by giving hard drugs that are requested by patients without going through a doctor's prescription. This is a malpractice and is very risky, because it can endanger patients.

Decree of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia Number 02396 / A / SK / VIII / 1986 Article 2 states that hard drugs can only be given by prescription. In addition, in article 3 the hard drugs must include a special sign in the form of the letter K with red circles on all hard drug packaging. You need a prescription or consult with your doctor before drinking it.

So, even if the pharmacist has a lot of supplies regarding drugs and diseases, it does not mean that the pharmacist can easily give hard drugs to patients without a doctor's prescription.

Pay Attention to Some of These When Buying Medicines
The following are some of the things you need to pay attention to when you want to buy drugs at a pharmacist:


  • Make sure the pharmacist in the place where you buy the drug has the same information or understanding with the doctor about the medication given and also the reactions that might arise to you after taking the drug.
  • It is recommended to ask for a measuring instrument if the medicine you are taking is liquid medicine. Because, a tablespoon in your house with a measuring spoon can have different sizes.
  • In order to keep the drug out of the reach of children, especially for bottle packaging, make sure the medicine you buy is accompanied by safety for children, or with an opening that is quite difficult for children to open.
  • In order for the drug to be stored safely and not damaged, ask the pharmacist for advice on how to store the drug, because some drugs can damage the uterus if you store it in an improper place. For example, should it be stored in the refrigerator or in a dry place.


In addition to the above, the pharmacist will also ensure that the medication and drug use instructions are in accordance with the prescription given by your doctor or in accordance with the information that your doctor has given during the consultation.

The pharmacist is one of the health care experts who is responsible for choosing and giving medicines for you. Even though pharmacists have knowledge of certain drugs and diseases, it is not recommended that you buy hard drugs without a prescription.

For the determination of the drug to be prescribed according to the diagnosis of the disease, you still need to consult a doctor first. In addition, also pay attention to whether the pharmacist on duty at the place where you buy the drug, already has a permit or not, and has been registered with the Indonesian Pharmacist Association or not.

Source :
https://www.suduthukum.com/2016/11/pengertian-apoteker.html
https://www.alodokter.com/ini-yang-perlu-anda-tahu-tentang-tugas-apoteker


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