Melville, NY, resident Ellen Scharaga studied pharmaceutical sciences at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. Ellen Scharaga presently works as an operational consultant with Alegria Specialty Pharmacy.
While many individuals associate the concept of a pharmacist with a man or woman in a white lab coat working behind the counter at the local pharmacy, in reality a pharmacist can find employment in a number of medical institutions, including hospitals and healthcare organizations. Due to the many options a professional pharmacist has in regards to career choice, identifying the exact role of a pharmacist can be difficult. In addition to dispensing medication, pharmacists explain medication instructions, answer patient questions, and advise medical professionals of potential drug interactions. Some even monitor medication levels in the blood in order to adjust medication doses for patients on blood thinners. Regardless of where they work, pharmacists share the goal of helping others get well and controlling symptoms as much as possible.