Obtaining and providing health information in the community pharmacy setting

Am J Pharm Educ. 2006 Jun 15;70(3):57. doi: 10.5688/aj700357.


Community pharmacists are a valuable information resource for patients and other healthcare providers. The advent of new information technology, most notably the Internet, coupled with the rapid availability of new healthcare information, has fueled this demand. Pharmacy students must receive training that enables them to meet this need. Community advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) provide an excellent opportunity for students to develop and master drug information skills in a real-world setting. Preceptors must ensure that students are familiar with drug information resources and can efficiently identify the most useful resource for a given topic. Students must also be trained to assess the quality of resources and use this information to effectively respond to drug or health information inquiries. This article will discuss key aspects of providing drug information in the community pharmacy setting and can serve as a guide and resource for APPE preceptors.

MeSH terms

  • Community Pharmacy Services*
  • Drug Information Services*
  • Humans
  • Pharmacies*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Students, Pharmacy