ROLE OF PHARMACIST IN DRUG THERAPY
Nowadays,a large portion of the drugs originating from pharmaceutical companies are in institutionalized doses. A drug specialist or pharmacist has an imperative part in Indian or world health care system. A pharmacist is a bridge between a doctor and patients. A pharmacist can counsel and advice the patient to maximize the desired and minimize the adverse effects of the drugs. The basic duty of a pharmacist is to check prescription from physicians before dispensing the medication to the patients to ensure that the patient doesn’t receive the wrong drugs (or) take an incorrect dose of medicine.
Dispensing the wrong drugs (or) giving incorrect usage instructions can have serious consequences for patients including death. Pharmacists also offer guidance on the side effects and medication which can have and warn against actions that could be dangerous while the patients are using the medicine such as consuming alcohol (or) operating heavy machinery
Much of their work is related to patient safety, so, a pharmacist makes sure that the patients prescribed a medication that he might be allergic to(or) that can either interact with food (or) any other medicines which are already in use by the patients and treatment received from multiple doctors for different complaints, which can make them unhealthy if combined with the drugs
Pharmacists can provide a check against this possibility. A pharmacist may offer a consultation service for the management, such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Arthritis, and general advice on diet, exercise and managing stress. A pharmacist may also educate other healthcare professionals such as physicians (or) nurses about pharmacology related issues (or) medication management and contribute most in the campaign to stop the inappropriate use of Anti-biotic, Habit forming, and Aphrodisiac drugs.
“The Hon’ble courts have also underlined the importance of upholding in a number of cases. Services of a pharmacist are not only necessary to ensure the supply of medicines in proper but also to check the unauthorized sale of medicines for the purpose other than treatment. It is well known to everybody that a large number of medicines are now being used for purpose of intoxication.”
-To have a positive impact on the health and well-being of participants, those strategies must actively manage the pharmacy benefit so that members have access to quality drug therapy and at the same time, ensure drug safety, eliminate waste and achieve appropriate usage. Financial incentives for members to use low-cost generic drugs and formulary brand drugs.