Role Of Pharmacist In Health Care System
Pharmacist in one who is well-informed & certified to prepare and dispensing drugs & to afford drug & associated information to the community. There has never been a better time to consider a rewarding career in pharmacy.The demand for trained pharmacy professionals has dramatically increased in recentyears due the rapid growth of the health care and pharmaceutical industries,especially for the growing elderly population. The number of Pharmacists in healthcare services also is escalating as Pharmacists become more actively involved in drugtherapy decision-making for patients of all ages.
The traditional role of pharmacists is to manufacture and supply medicines. More recently, pharmacists have been faced with increasing health demands: an ever-growing and complex range of medicines, and poor adherence to prescribed medicines, have forced the evolution of the pharmacist’s role into a more patient centred approach known as pharmaceutical care. Adherence to long-term therapy for chronic conditions in developed countries averages 50%, with even lower rates for developing countries.
To address this need, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) are publishing the first edition of a handbook onDeveloping pharmacy practice - A focus on patient care. "Pharmacists have an important role to play in health care, which is much more than selling medicines," said Dr Hans V. Hogerzeil, WHO Director of Medicines Policy and Standards.The role of the pharmacist is summarized through the WHO/FIP seven-star concept in which a pharmacist is described as a caregiver, communicator, decision-maker, teacher, lifelong learner, leader and manager. For the purpose of this handbook, the function of researcher has been added. 1
The practice of pharmacy has changed significantly in recent years. In the 1950s, pharmacists' responsibilities centered around dispensing and compounding drugs,...