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THE PHARMA REVIEW (NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2013)

Hospital Pharmacy in India

Prof. Harkishan Singh

Introduction: During the colonial period and later also for a long time, compounding and dispensing remained in the hands of ill-prepared legion of compounders. There could not come up a required level of pharmacy practice as such. The state of pharmaceutical service in the hospitals was pathetic. In most of the Government controlled hospitals there prevailed deplorable conditions. The depiction which appeared in an editorial in a premier pharmacy journal (1952) aptly portrayed the sad state of pharmacy in hospitals. This is what was actually observed on a visit to a better known hospital, ‘Patients bring their own bottles which are never washed in the dispensary, the bottles filled with the medicines are never labelled and the instructions are shouted through a narrow hole through which at the same time the medicines are also thrust out to a group of people standing outside. The patients are expected to recognise their bottles as soon as they emerge from that hole and, in spite of all the noise and other diversions inside as well as outside the dispensary, they catch whatever they can of instructions shouted. Knowing the amount of work they have to complete before the closing time the dispensers naturally feel very irritated if requests are made to repeat the instructions or clear some other doubts.’ This was the scene in a reputed hospital. The conditions were not any better in other hospitals. In the same write-up it was observed that a number of our hospitals could stand comparison with the best in the western countries, but the dispensing departments and pharmaceutical services of even the best of them were utterly unsatisfactory. 

 

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