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Pharmacists on social media: what are the benefits and pitfalls?

Whether you want to learn or network, many pharmacists are benefiting from the online opportunities available on Facebook, Twitter and Telegram

C+D clinical editor Kristoffer Stewart spoke to Babir Malik, community pharmacist, teacher practitioner and social media guru (find him on Twitter @Babir1981), to find out how to navigate the benefits and potential pitfalls of online networking.

In this podcast you will find out more about:

  • how social media can help with mutual learning
  • how pharmacists can balance work with their social activity
  • whether social media can help you progress your career
  • examples of pitfalls that have affected pharmacy professionals
  • the difficulties of administering social groups online.

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What social media platforms do you use?

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Avoid it like the plague use a pseuonym as GPHC will have you investigated for the most ridiculous and spurious allegations. Good luck x

stuart walker,

TELEGRAM????..... Have I been asleep for the last 10 seconds or is old technology finally making a comeback for us few old farts still in Pharmacy?

Leon The Apothecary, Student

I think social media is more of a risk then anything else, particularly if you are part of a chain - there are people employed out there to seem to make their sole mission to cry "Defamatory!" whenever something remotely libellous comes up.

Paul Dishman, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Benefits? I can troll Keith Ridge’s Twitter feed from the comfort of my own armchair 

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