How to Address a Pharmacist

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—-Envelope: How to Address a Pharmacist
—-—-(Full Name), (Academic Post-nominal)
—-—-Which looks like:
—-—-—-Adam Welch, PharmD, FAPhA
—-—-—-Brittany M. DeLettre, PharmD

—-—-Dear Mr./Ms. (Surname)
—-—-Dear Dr. (Surname)

See note below on use of ‘Dr. (Name)’ by pharmacists.

How to Address a Pharmacist

Is a Pharmacist ‘Dr.’?

Is a pharmacist addressed as Dr. (Name)?  Professionally?  Socially?
—-—-—-– Andrew

Dear Andrew,

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

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