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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JULY AUGUST 2020)

Role of Community Pharmacy in Health Care

Dr. R. S. Thakur

Introduction: Community Pharmacy also known as retail pharmacy or chemist and druggist is a health care facility that is most easily accessible health care destination. In community pharmacy medicines are dispensed on the prescription or OTC medicines are made available along with all necessary information about the medicines. The modern objective of Community pharmacy is improving health and wellbeing of people by enhancing effectiveness of prescription. Community Pharmacist strives to improve outcomes, reduce harm and minimize burden on pocket of people. This goal is achieved by the practice of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacovigilance and pharmacoeconomics. Growing health care demands pose new challenges before the government and health care providers too. Community Pharmacist is the health care provider who is legally authorized, professionally trained and technically skilled in all aspects of medicines. In the pursuit of public health goals community pharmacists play major role. Community pharmacy service is the best model for health promotion, medication management and prescribing advice. The clinical outcomes of health care are measured in terms of efficacy, safety and cost of therapy. All these three aspects are equally important and any defect or failure directly accelerates disease burden, complicates health problems and ultimately increases cost of health care. It is the right use of medicine which cures, whereas improper or indiscriminate use poses dangers to health. The role of pharmacist is ever expanding to manage accurate dispensing of prescription, impart adequate counseling for appropriate use of medicines, and encourage feedback on efficacy or otherwise of treatment to statistically assess outcomes and correlate them to health hazards.

 

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