How to Address a Pharmacist

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—-Envelope or address block on an email: How to Address a Pharmacist
—-—-(Full Name), (Academic Post-nominal)
—-—-(Address)

——–Which looks like:
—-—-—-Adam Welch, PharmD, FAPhA
—-—-—-Arlington Pharmacy

—-—-—-1234 West Glebe Road
————Arlington, VA 20007

————Brittany M. DeLettre, PharmD
————Center Metropolitan Hospital
————5678 Stafford Boulevard
————Arlington, VA 20009

—-Salutation:
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname)
—-—-—-or
—-—-Dear Dr. (Surname)

See note below on use of ‘Dr. (Name)’ by pharmacists. How to Address a Pharmacist

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

Is a Pharmacist ‘Dr. (Name)’?

Whether or not a pharmacist is addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’ depends on the setting.

In academia, the pharmacy faculty is addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’ like their doctorate-holding academic colleagues. But in hospitals pharmacists are likely not addressed as Dr. (Name). In a social setting be sensitive to the preference of the individual.

In healthcare only physicians (medical doctors, vets, dentists, osteopaths, podiatrists …) are addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’.  Other healthcare professionals – in hospital administration, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, etc. – are not addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’. This is said to be for the benefit of / clarity for the patients.  For the patients (like me), the practice of using Dr. (Name) only with physicians makes sense.

On a letter, business card, or sign list the pharmacist’s name as:
—-—-(Full Name), (Academic Post-Nominals)

For more information see the post on Use of a Doctorate.

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

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—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"