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Chapter-02 Introduction to Clinical Pharmacy

BOOK TITLE: Practical Manual of Pharmacology for Medical Students

Author
1. Badyal Dinesh
ISBN
9789352702411
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18065_3
Edition
2/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
1. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Chapter keywords
Clinical pharmacy, dispensing balance, electronic balance, spatula, pill tile, wash bottle, pharmaceutical container

Abstract

This chapter gives an introduction to clinical pharmacy. Earlier, pharmacy used to be typically related to preparing and dispensing of drugs only. In those days, a doctor would himself prepare or formulate the drug in his dispensary and dispense it to his patients. This practice is now almost obsolete. These days, doctor gets all the drugs in readymade form. The pharmaceutical industries (Ranbaxy, Cipla, etc.) are now manufacturing these drugs on mass scale. The doctor’s job is to rationally prescribe and use these drugs. With this, there is now shift in pharmacy practicals. The redundant practicals comprising of preparing and dispensing can be replaced by more clinically relevant clinical pharmacy practicals. Conventional pharmacy is art of preparation, compounding and dispensing of drugs. Also, it includes interpretation and evaluation of prescriptions. Some hospitals have their own pharmacies. Usually, it is managed by a qualified pharmacist.

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