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The Changing Role of Pharmacists: A Lesson From Turkey

PAM, Vol. 12 No. 3, (2007)

In the past 50 years, the pharmaceutical sector has undergone rapid evolution worldwide. This has been especially noticeable in countries like Turkey, where the traditional role of the neighborhood pharmacist has developed into one involving high volume marketing while retaining the function of an informal medical advisor to customers. Pharmacists are highly-trained and skilled healthcare professionals who perform various roles to ensure optimal health outcomes for their patients. Many pharmacists are also small-business owners, owning the pharmacy in which they practice. Thus, it is important to understand their role and perceptions as a pharmacist. Few studies in the area of current role of pharmacists have been conducted in the developed and developing countries.

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