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Welcome to The Clinical Pharmacist!

I’m Joe Blais, an expert clinical pharmacist, teacher, researcher, and creator of The Clinical Pharmacist. I’m driven to help people lead healthier lives through a better understanding of how to safely and appropriately use medications.

Have you ever been sick and taken a drug to feel better? If so, you likely had questions about your medications.

There are now are literally thousands of drugs available. With all this complexity it is common to have questions about what is the best medication for your unique health problems. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get practical answers about medications from a credible and accessible healthcare professional, especially in Hong Kong. Many preventable side effects and medication errors go unrecognized because of a lack of attention to the correct use of medications.

That’s why I recommend that anyone using drugs should choose a personal clinical pharmacist. This highly-trained healthcare professional can provide personalized recommendations about medications that fit with your preferences and lifestyle. A trusted clinical pharmacist can tell you what medications are best for you. And by working with your doctor, a clinical pharmacist can help you select the most effective, the most safe, and the most convenient medications.

Pharmacists are trusted professionals who spend years training and learning about the best way to use medications. My education includes a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada; an accredited hospital pharmacy practice residency, from Alberta Health Services, Canada; and board specialist certification in pharmacotherapy, from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties, USA. I am a registered clinical pharmacist with the Alberta College of Pharmacists and the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong. In addition, I am a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong.

All this education is important, but more important is experience taking care of patients. From 2011-2016, I practiced as a clinical pharmacist in internal medicine and adult intensive care at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. As a clinical pharmacist in Alberta I worked at the top of my licence, often prescribing medications and ordering lab tests.

In 2017, I relocated with my wife to Hong Kong. My practice has shifted towards research at the Centre for Safe Medication Practice and Research at The University of Hong Kong. In 2018, I plan to pursue a PhD in pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety, as I continue to understand how to safely use medications at the population level.

Please contact me today with any questions about medications, health care, and pharmacy.

About The Blog

The Clinical Pharmacist is a resource for those wanting to learn more about pharmacy, health, and medications. Here on the blog I do the following:

  1. Answer common questions about medications, drugs, and vaccines in Hong Kong, and occasionally elsewhere.
  2. Raise public awareness of issues in Hong Kong pharmacy, including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, clinical pharmacy, and the healthcare system.
  3. Help you improve your health and quality of life by using the best medications, safely and appropriately.


The comments and opinions shared on this website are personal. They do not represent the views of my current employer(s). The information contained in this website should be confirmed with your personal health care professional and appropriate reference sources.

Joseph (Joe) Blais, clinical pharmacist and blogger at