Why Do Pharmacists Still Exist?

I’ve spent part of this otherwise relaxing Thanksgiving weekend at the urgent care with a sick kid, then making subsequent phone calls and visits to both the pharmacy and the doctor to clear up some confusion with the prescription—and found myself wondering: why is this necessary?

As far as I can tell, a pharmacist’s job is to 1) count things, and 2) prevent medications from having negative interactions.

These both seem like things doctors (nevermind computers) are capable of doing for us. Why can’t doctors distribute medication directly to their patients?

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