You & Your Pharmacist

Pharmacists are here for patients - it's that simple. Pharmacists are often the public's most accessible health care professionals, and we are medication experts. We work as part of a team with your doctor and other health care professionals to make sure you get the best possible care.

Every practising pharmacist you meet in B.C. is registered with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. The mission of the college is to ensure that pharmacists provide safe and effective pharmacy care to help people achieve better health.

Pharmacists are specialists in the science and clinical use of medications. We are knowledgeable about the composition of drugs, their chemical and physical properties, and their manufacture and uses. We can tell you how a drug will work inside your body.

Information on this web site is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have a health problem, please consult your pharmacist, family doctor, call the B.C. HealthGuide NurseLine (see Patient Information Resources) or go to a medical clinic or hospital emergency room.

If you have a medical emergency call 911. This is a province-wide, toll-free, 24-hour emergency service.

Your Assurance of Competent, Ethical Health Care

This is a brochure produced by the Healthcare Professionals of B.C. It describes the role of health care regulatory bodies, and contains contact information for these organizations.