You might wonder what exactly happens when you go inside a drugstore. Is this just another big retail shop where people come in with bags full of groceries looking for things to purchase? Well, yes and no. They stock many different types of food items but generally speaking, if you don’t want anything else at all, there are other places to get your grocery needs filled. There are also other non-food products sold on the shelves such as beauty products, skincare and cosmetics, toiletries, etc. But let us look into these more closely.
Where Does A Pharmacist Work In The United States Of America?
Pharmacists are medical professionals who work directly under physicians and help patients take care of their health. Many of them are trained to prescribe medications while others only dispense (give away) prescribed medications. It depends upon which state you live in. However, pharmacists must complete four years of college before being eligible to apply for licensure. Once licensed, a pharmacist has to pass continuing education classes every year. This ensures that their knowledge stays up to date with current practices. After graduation from college, most states require applicants to undergo two years of internship training first. Interns learn how to fill prescriptions properly, keep records of patient information, and make sure that everything runs smoothly during transactions between customers and pharmacists. After completing internships, experienced pharmacists usually decide whether they would prefer working in private practice or hospitals.
Either one provides great opportunities for earning extra income through commissions earned from sales. So, next time you’re visiting a local pharmacy, remember that behind the scenes, there are people whose job it is to ensure customer satisfaction!
How To Find Your Local Chemist.
In order to find a nearby pharmacy Ireland, check out our directory here. Please note that we currently list both national chains and independent ones. Some chain pharmacies tend to offer better services than independents because employees often receive additional training. Also, please bear in mind that prices vary depending on which part of the country you’re located in. Don’t worry though, since we’ve compiled the following guide to help you navigate your local market so easily. Presently, we have listed around 50 Irish towns across the nation.
Below is a quick summary of common activities performed by pharmacists in Ireland
Provide consultation to determine proper course of action for any illness or injury.
• Dispense prescription medicine and/or administer injections.
• Give advice on diet, exercise plan, alcohol consumption, smoking cessation, weight loss plans, nutrition tips, and much more.
• Counsel pregnant women and new mothers regarding health conditions related to pregnancy.
• Help elderly individuals maintain healthy lifestyles.
• Provide information about diseases and disorders, symptoms, treatment options, side effects associated with certain treatments, and potential interactions with other medication(s).
• Answer questions that patients may have pertaining to general health issues.
Now that you have a basic idea about what goes on in a typical pharmacy, read further below to discover why people need to see one even if they don’t have a specific ailment.
Prescription Drugs And OTC Medications For Over -The-Counter Use.
For minor aches and pains, cold sufferers, fever victims, sunburned skin, bug bites, insect stings, cuts, scrapes, sprains and bruises, toothaches, ear infections, sinus problems, allergies, eye irritations and rashes, burns, blisters, bumps, boils, chicken pox, flu, back pain, headaches, muscle cramps, constipation, diarrhea, gas, indigestion, menstrual cramps, stomach ulcers, bronchial asthma, urinary tract infection, pneumonia, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, cancer, arthritis, insomnia, stress relief…and hundreds of other ailments and everyday discomforts, you really need NOTHING MORE THAN A PHARMACIST’S ADVICE AND HELP. No doctor’s appointment needed.
But wait. Before you run off to the nearest chemist’s shop to seek his professional opinion, you need to consider the fact that he doesn’t necessarily possess medical expertise either. He won’t know what to tell you unless you explain yourself fully. How well will he understand your problem without having had previous experience treating similar cases? Will he give you sound advice based solely on your description or will he recommend unnecessary tests and procedures? Can you trust him enough to leave your life and wellbeing in his hands? Would you feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics like sex, birth control methods, abortion, sexual orientation, mental health concerns, religious beliefs, financial status, marital status, political affiliations, personal habits, credit history, etc., with someone whom you barely know? Then again, maybe you could confide in a friend instead.
It’s always safer to consult a qualified physician especially if you suffer from chronic illnesses or are taking multiple medications regularly. Nevertheless, if you do not have access to healthcare providers, going straight to the drugstore may save you money. Just think of it as renting an apartment vs buying a house. With a rental property, you pay monthly rent whereas you only incur expenses once per month for owning a home. Therefore, it’s logical to conclude that when it comes down to making purchases, consumers tend to opt for the latter option. This makes sense right?
Beauty Products, Skincare & Cosmetics
If you happen to visit a department store frequently, chances are you already know what cosmetic counters look like. Ladies typically browse makeup sections while men may gravitate towards perfumes and colognes. What about pharmacy counters? Yes, they too carry numerous cosmetic lines including leading brands such as Revlon, Nivea, Loreal Paris, Elizabeth Arden, L’Oreal, CoverGirl, Benetint, Neutrogena, Lancome, Clinique, Wet n Wild, Olay, Origins, Philosophy, Garnier, Shiseido, Cremo, Benefit, Clarins, Smashbox, Burt’s Bees, Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Estee Lauder, Liz Earle, MAC, Avon, Sally Hansen, etc. Nowadays, one can find a wide variety of facial cleansers, moisturizers, foundations, lipsticks, mascaras, nail polishes, hair dyes, shaving creams, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, bath oils, shower gels, lotions, suntan lotions, sunscreen creams, body washes, anti aging serums, wrinkle removers, deodorants, fragrances, aromatherapy blends, herbal supplements, massage oil kits, acne solutions, cellulite removal treatments, depilatories, toner packs, face masks, foot cream, hand sanitizers, lip balms, and dozens of others.
There are countless ways to improve your overall appearance and quality of life. Beauty products, skincare and cosmetics are meant to enhance physical features and promote self confidence. By using various kinds of essential ingredients derived from plants, animals, minerals and microbes, manufacturers create innovative formulas tailored specifically for particular uses.
Cosmetic labels provide detailed descriptions of product components along with scientific explanations of active ingredients used in formulations. Consumer Reports conducted extensive research on consumer awareness levels and found that majority of Irish use “fragrance” rather than “perfume,” yet few recognize the difference. According to a 2020 report published by Mintel International Group Ltd., fragrance usage increased significantly throughout 2009. Perceptions toward the safety of synthetic chemicals were mixed. Most respondents felt that exposure to parabens posed serious risks, although 80 percent acknowledged that scientists still lacked sufficient data to prove long term negative consequences of low level exposures.
On average, U.S. citizens spend over $3 billion annually on various forms of cosmetics alone.
Although exact figures aren’t readily obtainable, experts believe that the industry generated approximately 1 million jobs in 2018. More importantly, the global beauty sector contributed nearly 5% to world gross domestic product. As of 2019, the worldwide beauty products market size reached €196.2 billion. Sales accounted for 9.9% of total pharmaceutical expenditure globally.
So far, we discussed a handful of reasons why anyone needs to visit a pharmacy store. Let’s now explore other popular goods offered for sale.
Toiletry Items & Other Household Goods
Most of us cannot survive very long without soap, shampoo, towels and kitchen utensils.