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THE PHARMA REVIEW (MARCH - APRIL 2011)

Activities of Pharm D Students in Indian Hospital

Uday Venkat M1, Rajesh V1, Avinash laddha1, Shreekant Sharma1, Anantha Naik Nagappa2

Abstract: As the practice of pharmacy evolves, requiring more clinically oriented healthcare providers, Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programs expand their training to more hospital sites to expose students to the provision of safe, effective, and economic drug therapy to patients. The need for this form of patient care becomes is essential in managing chronic illness like diabetes, hypertension, and other cardiovascular disorders. In all these conditions, the diseases are usually lifelong and with a number of co-morbidities, making polypharmacy part and parcel of the overall treatment strategy. The main objective is to maximize the clinical effects of medicines, i.e., using the most effective treatment for each type of patient ; minimizing the risk of treatment-induced adverse events, i.e., monitoring the therapy course and the patient’s compliance with therapy trying to provide the best treatment alternative for the greatest number of patients.
Introduction
Earlier the profession and practice of pharmacy has not flourished in India as a well defined health care area of specialization as it is today. Rather, the pharmaceutical training has been outcome of the necessity to provide assistance to expatriate medical officers. India also faces several problems associated with medicines use. The path for continuous growth of the pharmacy profession obviously requires expansion, resurfacing and modernization. This justifies the need for new pharmacy programme and curriculum that can produce the manpower required for the new roles. Thus, the launch of the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programme in India is a pioneering course which is a welcome development. About 49 pharmacy colleges have been approved by the Pharmacy Council of India to start PharmD programme.
Student pharmacists can positively impact patient care when they are trained appropriately by the qualified and licensed pharmacists. Several studies have reported that pharmacy student participation has played a key role in the activities of the health system benefits patient care1, 2. In one such study, interventions performed by pharmacy students contributed to 29% of all interventions made by the pharmacy department3.
Kasturba Hospital (KH) is a tertiary care teaching hospital. The Department of Pharmacy Practice has been striving to promote the rational use of medicines in the hospital. The following are some of the activities which are carried out by the pharmacists in KH with the objective to support sound patient care through the safe, evidence-based, and cost-beneficial use of medicines.

 

 

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