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17 Things You Didn’t Know Your Pharmacist Can Do

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16. Offer interpreter services

Pharmacies serve a very diverse public with many languages represented than ever before. Pharmacists are not required to speak several languages, but some states require pharmacies to provide interpreter services. In California, for example, pharmacies must have visible an 8 ½ x 11 inch “point to your language” poster for customers to request translation services.

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17. Invent drinks

The majority of pharmacists are not inventors, but one of the most beloved soft drinks in history was invented by one. Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta by Dr. John Smith Pemberton, who had a pharmacy degree from Southern Botanico Medical College in Georgia. His first invention was a coca leaf drink called French Wine Coca. Another famous drink, Dr. Pepper, was also invented by a pharmacist — Charles Alderton of Waco, Texas.