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THE PHARMA REVIEW (NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2013)

Pharmaceutical Services In Hospitals

Nirmal K. Gurbani1 & Abhishek Dadhich2

Introduction: The pharmacy profession comprising the industry and practice sectors is undergoing a rapid change. While Indian Pharma industry has registered a spectacular progress ranking 3rd in volume and 13th in value in the global pharmaceutical market, the visibility and recognition of pharmacists in health sector has still a long way to go. The pharmacist in healthcare sector has to evolve from a mere dispenser of medicines to a more crucial role in medicine management and as overall health care programmer. While community pharmacy is largely dominated by mere dispensing of medicines without paying any attention to “patient information while dispensing”, the hospital pharmacy offers an emerging opportunity for the pharmacists to demonstrate their capabilities in view of the proliferation of corporate hospitals along with private hospitals aspiring for accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare (NABH) or JSI and by many accreditation boards in other countries. Among many stipulated requirements for the accreditation, medication management through a functional Drug and Therapeutics Committee (DTC) which is also referred to as Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee (PTC), can provide an effective structure and tool to bring together all the relevant people to work jointly for promoting more efficient and rational use of medicines. Besides, playing a pivotal under the functioning of DTCs, pharmacists can also provide relevant “patient information” related to medicines being dispensed in the hospitals as a service. This would definitely lead to his recognition by the society as “competent health professional”. 

 

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