Reading helps to reduce stress, improves memory and analytical skills. Pharmacists who read widely gain wisdom beyond knowledge pertaining to drugs. With technology, there are multiple modes by which pharmacists can tap on to develop their reading habit. Here are several book recommendations for all pharmacists:

1. For the young, budding pharmacist:

The New Pharmacist: 46 doses of Advice, by Dr Erin L Albert

Author Dr Erin L Albert is a well-known blogger with multiple podcasts, an attorney as well as an entrepreneur. A clinical pharmacist turned writer, she writes about her journey from being a pharmacy student to a newly licensed pharmacist. In her book, she gives practical tips on how to manage your career as a pharmacist 0-10 years into it. For those who might ponder what else is out there - in terms of professional and career development – this is definitely a good book that is a must read, for years to come.

2. For the pharmacists in pharmas:

Bad science: Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks, by Dr Ben Goldacre

Dr Ben Goldacre published this controversial book in 2010 and stirred up much debate among his comrades in the pharmaceutical industry. A funny and blunt doctor, Goldacre never fails to make you crack up at the end of each chapter. Through his book, he successfully rallied his group of fans in exposing fake pharma marketing and quack doctors. He defended in his book that the mass population - who are neither doctors nor biostatisticians – cannot understand how to evaluate results from evidence based papers. In his book, he teaches how to evaluate the placebo effects, read into double blind studies and sample sizes and how to recognise bad science. This is a good book for all pharmacists practicing in the pharmaceutical industry to reflect on just how ethical they are.

3. For pharmacists in people management:

StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

This number 1 Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek bestseller is a must read for all pharmacists who are in the business of people management. All too often, talents in people go untapped. Managers devote more time to fixing weaknesses in their people than develop strengths. This book teaches leaders how to search for and bring out the best in them, as well as in their people, to excel according to their natural talent. For all the managers out there, who are constantly struggling to find the best person for a chore, this is a must read book to fix that key into the lock, perfectly.

4. For pharmacists desiring a change in their organisation:

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why are changes so hard? This is a remarkable book on how to change things when change is hard. It can be about you, a job, friends or even family. This book explains why transformation efforts fail, the eight essential processes for a changing culture and how to flash that trump card for a successful change. Published by the Harvard Business School, this book is pivotal for pharmacists who aspire to make changes, major or minor, in their working lives.

5. For the pharmacist-wanna-be:

The Good Pharmacist, by Drs Kelly and Sogol

The pharmacy profession lies beyond mere dispensing of medications. This book argues that, good pharmacists are born and not made, based on a five year study. The authors provide insights to help pharmacists understand how our end users appreciate our service. It also attempts to document the characteristics for a good pharmacist. This book is an essential read for pharmacy students, educators, professional leaders and all who aspire to be that good pharmacist. MIMS

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