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Doctor of Pharmacy Association goes on strike demanding jobs for Pharm D professionals in govt hospitals across the country

A Raju, Hyderabad
Friday, December 29, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Doctor of Pharmacy Association (DPA) has launched a peaceful protest in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra states demanding jobs for Pharm D professionals in government hospitals across all the states in the country.

The Association has called for the creation of posts of clinical pharmacist for Pharm D holders in each hospital as per patient ratio. It has also insisted to recognise a qualified Pharm D candidate as a key healthcare provider as a patient counsellor who will facilitate patients with  drug information, dosage, treat basic illness, create public awareness and engage in the  administration of preventive health and immunisation programmes.

According to Dr. Sai Kumar Katam, national president of the Association, ever since the launch of the Doctor of Pharmacy course in the year 2008 there have been more than 6,000 candidates who have been graduated in Doctor of Pharmacy. But till date, not a single post either by the state government or the central government had created in the hospitals. “On one hand the government is saying there is an immense dearth of healthcare workforce in the country, while on the other hand it is ignoring the well qualified Pharm D professionals whose services can be utilised in government hospitals with little training. At present doctor to patient ratio in India is 1:1,700, as per World Health Organization,” said Katam.

Pharm D or Doctor of Pharmacy which is a six-year course was specifically designed to produce clinically competent pharmacists to improve the patient care in India.

The Association equated Pharm D to the well reputed course in many countries including the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Ireland. It pointed out that in these countries, clinical pharmacists are an integral part of the healthcare system and worked along with physicians and nurses efficiently, stated the Association.

“In the developed countries, clinical pharmacists are allowed to immunize and reissue prescriptions for long-term treatment. The doctors diagnose, initiate the treatment protocol and the patient care plan is shared with the pharmacist. Now India which is recognised for its capability in pharmaceuticals cannot be left behind in the area of clinical pharmacy,” observed Sai Kumar.

Adding further, the DPA president said that it is high time the government established Drug Information Centres & Pharmacovigilance Centres for the public to have easy access to information on drug interaction, side effects and toxicity. “We need to ensure strict implementation of Pharmacy Practice Regulations-2015, Drugs & Cosmetic Act & Rules & Pharmacy Act, 1948. These regulations mandate drug dispensing is the prerogative of pharmacists only. It strict adherence would also stall sale of Schedule H drugs without prescription. Therefore, it is critical for the state governments to create posts in primary and community health centres besides district hospitals or even fill up all the vacant posts,” stressed Katam.


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Abi Dec 29, 2017 7:31 PM
There are many incidents and unwanted medical accidents occuring along the country for previous years..we pharm dies want to resist this from repeatations of the same matters...so i kindly requesting the authorities to allow pharm d graduates to do govt level jobs and to provide sufficient posts to them in hospitals and other departments...thankyou...
Moulindhar Reddy Dec 29, 2017 5:41 PM
Our indian government has to take our request in to consideration regarding opportunities of well trained pharmd professionals we r there to serve the patients as an helping hand and a supporting hand to doctors.moulindharreddy pharmd
Prajith PharmD Dec 29, 2017 11:59 AM
Pharm D started in India not to produce graduates for foreign countries like US or UK, Pls make a policy in this matter...
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