What do you mean by dispensing pharmacist?

A pharmacist who receives the prescription for a patient and provides the pharmacy preparation to the patient.


What are the major job responsibilities of a dispensing pharmacist?

  • compound and dispense drugs as prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners,
  • provide information to patients about medications and their use,
  • advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications

What do you mean by FIFO and FEFO?

  • FIFO: First in First out
  • FEFO: First expired First out

What do you mean by Ethical Pharmacy?

A pharmacist promotes the right of self-determination and recognizes individual self-worth by encouraging patients to participate in decisions about their health.

Please mention a text book name related to your field?

Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing by John F Marriott, Keith A Wilson, Christopher A Langley, Dawn Belcher (Published by Pharma Press).

Calculation Practice

1. If a vitamin solution contains 0.5 mg of fluoride ion in each milliliter, then how many milligrams of fluoride ion would be provided by a dropper that delivers 0.6 mL?

Answer - 0.30 mg

2. How many chloramphenicol capsules, each containing 250 mg, are needed to provide 25 mg/kg/d for 7 days for a person weighing 200 lb?

Answer - 64 capsules

3. If 3.17 kg of a drug is used to make 50000 tablets, how many milligrams will 30 tablets contain?

Answer - 1900 mg


Few common questions you may asked for -

  • Why did you choose a career as a dispensing pharmacist?
  • Why do you want to work this company/pharmacy?
  • Are you experienced with administering skill of a dispensary?
  • If you believe you are witnessing drug-seeking behavior, what would you do?
  • Do you have experience managing on-the-job disputes between technicians?
  • What is your greatest weakness? 
  • How would you handle a difficult customer?
  • What do you think is the most important quality a pharmacy assistant or technician should have?


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