Pharmassisting
\fär-mə-'sist-ɪŋ\

Pharmassisting (verb; present participle) - to help (someone) by providing information and resources regarding medications and/or drug therapy

While the definition of pharmassisting may not appear in your personal copy of Merriam-Webster, it is important for the concept of the word to be disseminated. 

What does a pharmacist actually do?

The pharmacists coming into practice today are not your father's druggist; for almost 20 years, newly graduating pharmacists have been required to obtain a Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from an accredited program. Many practicing pharmacists complete a year of post-graduate residency (PGY-1) to further refine clinical skills, and some complete an additional year (PGY-2) specializing in areas such as ambulatory care, critical care, infectious diseases, transplant and many other specialties. 

Pharmacists are more than a person standing behind a counter putting pills inside an amber vial. A pharmacist is the last line or protection a patient has before taking medication, meaning that they are the final person ensuring medication safety, proper adverse effect counseling, up-to-date medication record keeping and therapy monitoring. Medication Therapy Management (MTMs) and vaccinations are frequently being assessed and administered at the pharmacy counter. Community pharmacists are juggling a multitude of different insurance restrictions. Institutional pharmacists are consistently completing medication reconciliation (med-recs) and in-depth Medication Administration Record (MAR) reviews. Compounding pharmacists may even be creating a drug in a form required for a patient to take.

Pharmacists constantly act as a liaison between different health-care providers and patients. Many nurses and physicians rely on pharmacists to have the most updated information on medications and drug therapies to help guide treatment options for individuals. In some instances, pharmacists may even see their own patients in ambulatory care clinics through a collaborative drug therapy monitoring (CDTM) agreement. 

Pharmacists are always assisting patients and providers in drug information that the easy way to describe what a pharmacist actually does is to say they are pharmassisting.