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It is in the interest of pharmacists that they buy the medicines from authorized sources with proper purchase records.
Maintain sales memos with patients name and address, batch number of the medicines sold, as a legal requirement and to safeguard themselves in the event of any drug found substandard or unsafe requiring recall etc.
Pharmaceutical associations, manufacturers can provide brochures to be distributed to patients at the counters on disease like asthma, diabetes, hypertension, epilepsy even common cold and cough, with Dos and Don'ts etc,.
As pharmacists, to understand customer needs, it is necessary to develop
To develop a positive mind set for ethical pharmacy practices, evolving all professional, legal and moral obligations to the society.
These should be basic parameters on which we must introduce a practical approach to Community pharmacy environment in India.
Community Pharmacy Division of IPA with All India Organization of Chemists & Druggists with State Pharmacy Councils as nodal centers, can organize jointly, structured programs to train practicing pharmacists in every major towns so that, we can bring a perceptible change in pharmacy practices in India.
As a supplementary activity, a Journal dedicated to Community Pharmacy is necessary to constantly update their knowledge on new molecules, and this should reach all leading pharmacies in India.
Such professional Journals can be sponsored by manufacturers.
“ aspects of case and outcomes management, but the approach focuses on speciﬁc diseases, looking at what creates the costs, what treatment plan works, educating patients and providers, and coordinating care at all levels: hospital, pharmacy, physician, etc.”
DM has also been deﬁned as a “systematic management tool applied to speciﬁc diseases with an emphasis on prevention and ‘best practices’ to provide high quality care at a reasonable cost with an ongoing process of monitoring and continuous improvement.”
Organization and structure of pharmacies (e.g., chain drug stores), which allow the administration of a program through pharmacists practicing at different locations.
Expanding the role of pharmacy technicians
Greater use of technicians might allow pharmacists to devote more time to patient care.
It is expected that advanced training of technicians will reduce the amount of time that pharmacists typically devote to medication dispensing and allow more time for pharmacists to provide pharmaceutical care.
Under this legislation, pharmacists with appropriate training can be reimbursed for providing cognitive services for patients with
lipid disorders, and
anticoagulation under patient-specific treatment protocols approved by a physician
The DM movement, along with technological improvements in prescription processing, has fostered pharmacist involvement in patient care.
Pharmacists in a variety of practice settings are participating in DM and are beginning to demonstrate their value in the management of several high-cost diseases, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
For the movement to be sustainable, pharmacists will have to demonstrate that the costs of developing and administering DM services do not exceed the benefits of improved patient outcomes.
As employers and government purchasers continue to face pressures to reduce the cost of prescription benefits, pharmacists will be presented with opportunities to demonstrate their impact in providing DM.