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DOPA urges TS govt to create clinical pharmacists post in all healthcare units in the state

A Raju, Hyderabad
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Doctor of Pharmacy Association (DOPA) has urged the state government of Telangana to create clinical pharmacists cadre and provide employment opportunities to them in the hospitals as per the patient ratio. While giving their representation to Telangana health minister, Dr. C. Laxma Reddy, DOPA urged the minister to look into their demands for creation of clinical pharmacists’ cadre in the government and private hospitals.

While talking on the occasion, Dr. Sai Kumar, national president of DOPA said, “Both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have the highest number of Pharm D colleges in the country. Out of a total 233 Pharm D colleges in the country the two Telugu states have set up about 125 colleges which accounts to more than 50 per cent in the country. In Telangana alone there are 55 Pharm D colleges and the state government is spending Rs. 75 crore every year in the form of fee reimbursement, but all this is getting wasted as no student till date has been inducted into any productive jobs.  We have been fighting since past 10 years for the creation of Clinical pharmacists or drug information officers’ cadres in the hospitals, but despite assurances given by leaders and governments nothing has been done.”

Learning this, the health minister Dr. Laxma Reddy expressed surprise and directed the concerned officials to look into the matter and immediately conduct a thorough study on the possibilities of inducting the Pharm D graduates in the healthcare systems. “We have taken note of the issue and have directed the concerned department to do a detailed consultation with all the stake holders and find out the possibilities wherever we can make use of the Pharm D graduates in hospitals and other areas of the healthcare systems,” observed the Minister.

At present in Telagnana there are approximately 5,000 Pharm D passed out graduates and another 14,000 of them are pursuing the course in various colleges in the state. The Telagnana government is spending every year Rs. 1 lakh on each student and reimbursing Rs. 75 crore to 7,500 students in the form of fees to the students every year.

However, ironically, after getting their qualifications, the Pharm.D professionals are provided no employment as there is no specific cadre provided for them in either the private or government hospitals. Thus the expenditure spent is not for productive purpose as the end result is no employment. “After getting Pharm D graduation certificates more than 5,000 students are roaming on the roads with no jobs. They are depressed and frustrated. Therefore we have demanded the Telangana state government to immediately look in to the gravity of the problem and provide employment opportunities,” observed Sai Kumar.

As per World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, every hospital should have a Clinical Pharmacist as per patient ratio for providing cost effective and safe treatment to patients.  The clinical pharmacist services are recognized by majority of the developing countries but the government is side lining this importance. If appropriate employment is provided, the utility of Doctor of Pharmacy professionals will serve the purpose for the whole nation setting a new trend in the safe use of medicines.

 

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Prajith PharmD Feb 7, 2018 10:23 AM
Clinical Pharmacist use their knowledge of medication (including dosage, drug interactions, side effects, expense, effectiveness, etc.) to determine if a medication plan is appropriate for their patient.

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