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Opportunities galore for Pharm Ds as CP services become mandatory for accreditation of hospitals

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The necessity for strengthening a multi-professional healthcare team in specialty and super-specialty departments of healthcare institutions with mandatory provisions forces hospital managements to adopt clinical pharmacy practices under qualified Pharm D professionals in all healthcare settings.

The medical professionals of all specialties have now started accepting the services and potential of the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) professionals for a quality healthcare delivery and management system, it is learnt.

In addition to clinical pharmacists (CP) in healthcare institutions, Pharm Ds are largely absorbed by multinational pharma companies and allied firms to their in-house pharmacovigilance activities as associates. These multiple chances highlight that the career options of Pharm D graduates are recession-proof and the upcoming changes in policies show positive signs for a bright future for the Pharm D holders across the country.

Latest information from healthcare sources reveal that CP services become a mandatory provision to obtain accreditation from quality control agencies like NABH and the clinical pharmacy practitioners (CPP) or clinical pharmacists should be on the payroll of the HR department of the institutions. The CP is also considered to be a member of the multidisciplinary patient management team.

Further, the CPPs should liaise with doctors and patients for delivery of better patient care as part of the healthcare team. For attracting medical tourism, clinical pharmacy is an essential component in hospitals with specialty treatments. Because of this advancement, all super specialty hospitals require suitably trained CPs to manage their clinical pharmacies. This creates ample opportunities for the Pharm D qualified pharmacy professionals to undertake various responsibilities in the healthcare system.

Dr Laniya Mary, clinical pharmacy in-charge at the Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital at Thiruvalla in Kerala said there are multiple chances for the Pharm D graduates either as clinical pharmacists or as pharmacovigilance associates (PVA) in pharma companies and allied sectors. She said all over India the doctor of pharmacy people are getting appointed in different capacities and their knowledge and potential are used by companies and institutions in the healthcare field. According to her, placement for Pharm Ds is given more on pharmacovigilance than on clinical pharmacy services.

Talking about the services as a CP, Dr Noble Skaria, consultant oncology clinical pharmacist at the Aster Medicity in Kochi said, a physician expects a clinical pharmacist to calculate medicine dosages as per the patient conditions and counsel him regarding proper use of medicines. In the oncology department the doctor refers the patient to clinical pharmacists for scheduling chemotherapy as per the current vitals of the patient (calculating height, weight and blood parameters) and providing chemotherapy counseling and preparation of chemotherapy protocols.

Dr Noble, who is the general secretary of Indian Pharm D Association, said in today’s period no super specialty treatment can be provided perfectly without the involvement of a clinical pharmacist.

Dr. PV Vikas, a senior CP of the hospital who works at the cardiology department, said the clinical pharmacists are not only assisting the physicians, but they are doing a lot of other activities to improve the quality of healthcare. They provide services in the household settings of the patients also.

Dr Basil Sunny, manager cum clinical pharmacist at Sunrise Hospital at Ernakulam is of the opinion that the CPs play a crucial role in delivering an effective and flawless healthcare service to the patients. The prescription and administration auditing are done in a regular manner with the aim to improve the quality of services given to patients.
Dr Joel Sebastian, a CP at the Rajagiri Super Specialty Hospital in Kochi, said the clinical pharmacists are working in collaboration with oncology doctors. They are also assigned in ward and ICUs for preparing audit, discharge summary checking, medication and reconciliation processes, ADR monitoring and antibiotic resistance monitoring. He said the job of a clinical pharmacist is comfortable.


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Madhu Nov 12, 2020 6:28 PM
I am Pharm D graduate and I want a job
Madhu Nov 12, 2020 6:26 PM
I am Pharm D graduate and I want a job
Parijatha pushpa latha Nov 12, 2020 1:29 PM
sir , plz encourage us to be as CP'S and we will be very helpful to the physicians and patients.......as of we are having huge knowledge on medications , patient counselling , medication adherence etc.....so plz appoint PHARM-D's as CP 'S in Government and central government sectors too...thank you sir.
ABY KP Nov 11, 2020 10:04 PM
Please do more opportunities to pharm D graduates because me included graduates spend this much of period and acquired skills can to show the results
Naresh lenkapothula Nov 11, 2020 7:47 PM
It's really a great initiative and a boost for pharm D graduates all over the country. Clinical pharmacy services provide rationale therapy for patients and reduce mortality and morbidity by reducing interactions. Once if you start observing clinical pharmacy services I'm sure you'll not leave without praising it's importance.
blessy rachel thomas Nov 11, 2020 2:42 PM
Yes, clinical pharmacist is required for the better quality of treatment
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