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  • In the United States, pharmacists are regulated separately from physicians; pharmacists cannot form business partnerships with physicians or give them "kickback" payments.
  • In Asia, most countries allow doctors to dispense drugs themselves and the practice of pharmacy is sometimes integrated with that of the physician, particularly in traditional Chinese medicine.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that there are at least 2.6 million pharmacists and other pharmaceutical personnel worldwide.
  • In the U.S. there are about 113,000 pharmacists in community pharmacy (67,000 in pharmacy store chains; 46,000 in independent stores), 41,000 in hospitals, and 21,000 in government, academic, industry and others.
  • It's predicted that employment of pharmacists will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018.
  • In terms of honesty and ethics in professions: druggists/pharmacists: 72%; medical doctors: 67%, and nurses; 79%.
  • Number of pharmacists in the US is around 230,000 with an average annual salary of $112,000 and a median bonus of $4,500. A pharmacist worked an average of 43 hours weekly.
  • pharmacists in urban and suburban settings made roughly $112,000, while pharmacists in rural pharmacies made about $110,500. Pay in pharmacies in the Southwest, Northwest, Southeast, Northeast, and the Midwest ranged between $104,000 (Midwest) to $115,500 (Southwest).
  • Number of pharmacy technician working in retail pharmacies is around 182,000 with an average annual salary of $27,000.
  • pharmacists made approximately 150 million clarifying phone calls to physicians annually. More than half of calls related to drug concerns, and the rest is prescription handwritten issues and issues related to prescription changes or rework due to eligibility, formulary and similar benefits coverage-related activities.
  • Educational requirements for pharmacists often included the choice of: a five-year Bachelor of Science in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) or a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). However, as of the year 2000, most schools of pharmacy began offering only the PharmD degree.

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