CLINICAL PHARMACY PRACTICE IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: A REVIEW
Mudasir Maqbool*, Mohmad Amin Dar, Shafiqa Rasool, Suhail Ahmad Mir, Ahsan Ullaha Bhat and Misba Khan
Various problems associated with drug use such as adverse drug reactions (ADRs), medication errors and adverse drug events (ADEs) are very common. ADEs can lead to drug-related morbidity and mortality. Many studies show that from 7-30% of hospital admissions are directly related to drug treatment issues. Clinical pharmacy has developed as one of the latest branches of pharmacy. It is that specialization of pharmacy wherein pharmacists deal with various aspects of patient care, dispensing of drugs and advising patients on the safe and rational use of drugs. In health care system, the services regarding clinical pharmacy are of considerable importance because the concerned clinical pharmacist serves as a guide to the physician for effective, safe and rational use of drugs. A clinical Pharmacist also helps in achieving economy in the hospital by planning safe drug policies, suggestive means of reduction of waste, by preventing misuse or wastage of drugs. Hence, scope of clinical pharmacy covers areas to foster innovation, improve public health and provide a knowledge exchange. With this ever increasing role of clinical pharmacy practice, hospitals have started distinguishing the importance of clinical pharmacy and have taken steps for making it applicable. In this review article, we will briefly unfold the various aspects related to clinical Pharmacy services in health care.
Keywords: Clinical pharmacy, Pharmacy practice, adverse events, health care team.
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