About pharmacy

Pharmacy is typically described as the science or practice of the preparation and dispensing of medicinal drugs.

You might think that pharmacists simply dispense medicine, however, they do a great deal more. Pharmacists are highly trained medical professionals, qualified to give advice on health issues & medicines, and ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by the public.

It's likely you'll have visited a pharmacy in the past month and you're not the only one! In England alone, 1.6 million people visit a pharmacy each day and, an average person will visit a pharmacy 14 times over the course of a year.

There are also many sectors of pharmacy, while the community pharmacist is a familiar sight, there are pharmacists that work as pharmaceutical scientists, for example, developing drugs & manufacturing processes.

Are you...

Thinking about a career in pharmacy?

If you think pharmacy is for you, our careers in pharmacy section is a great source of information to help you on your way to being a qualified pharmacist.

Still at school? Find out what A-levels you need to take to prepare you for a pharmacy degree.

If you're at college, you might be thinking about your UCAS application, it's good to be prepared in advance. Why not take a look at a list of universities that offer an MPharms degree, or our advice on choosing a university to help make up your mind?

If you've been there, done that & got the degree, our You & Your Career section might be more useful for you. You'll find information about how we can help you get your perfect pharmacy job, as well as helpful tips & advice, and job listings from PJ Careers.

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Interested in the history of pharmacy?

The history of pharmacy is a long and varied one! Although we think of pharmacy as being a relatively modern profession, its roots can be traced back nearly 5000 years. 

Our history of pharmacy section contains a detailed account of pharmacy throughout the world and the UK. Information about the Victorian Pharmacy, a series produced by the BBC in conjunction with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society museum, can also be found in this section.

Our museum pages are a great resource if you have an interest in the history of pharmacy. We have learning resources if you're looking to research pharmacy history, online exhibitions, and details of events held at the museum.

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Looking for information about public health?

iPharmacist is a one stop shop for all information about public health, useful facts about medicines and pharmacy in Great Britain.

Perhaps you're looking to find a pharmacy near you? Or just want to learn a bit more about what pharmacists do?

We also have information about public health campaigns, on topics such as stopping smoking, sexual health and cancer.

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