Why Pharmacy ?

What is the pharmacist’s role?

Pharmacists provide optimal management of medication for chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, etc. The collaboration of healthcare professionals, such as physicians and pharmacists, can help to ensure that patients properly take their medications as prescribed and avoid any harmful effects.

Three reasons to study Pharmacy:

  • Their advice to patients matters and they help people get better. ... Pharmacists are always in demand. There are always new drugs and treatments on the market and prescriptions to be handed out. This means that after graduation, you will find a job easily.
  • Pharmacists play an important role in helping patients get well as quickly as possible. There could be many drugs on the market to treat a single ailment and as a pharmacist you would help people by choosing the best medication and help avoid side effects.
  • The pharmacist is the custodian of medicines and pharmaceutical products throughout the hospital. Procurement and distribution play a critical role in the provision of cost-effective quality pharmaceutical care.

Development and career opportunities exist for hospital pharmacists with a more commercial interest, who play an important role in pharmaceutical cost and asset management. Medication safety management and the evaluation of a patient’s medication-related needs by determining the indication, safety and effectiveness of therapy as part of the dispensing process is a key responsibility. Furnishing of information and advice to both patients and other healthcare professionals also form part of the role.

In an era of a concerning increase in antimicrobial resistance, infections are becoming harder to treat. Pharmacists play a critical role in ensuring that antimicrobials such as antibiotics are being used responsibly in our hospitals and only when necessary. They ensure that the combination and duration of antimicrobial therapy is appropriate for each individual patient to optimise therapy, and that it is discontinued when it is no longer needed in order to prevent a further increase in antimicrobial resistance.

The evolution of pharmacy

Pharmacists provide optimal management of medication for chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, etc. The collaboration of healthcare professionals, such as physicians and pharmacists, can help to ensure that patients properly take their medications as prescribed and avoid any harmful effects.

Soon, clinical pharmacists will also be able to register as specialists with the South African Pharmacy Council when they obtain their master’s degree, much like doctors further their studies in a particular field in order to specialise.

Part of a multidisciplinary team

Life Healthcare’s vision for the role that pharmacists and clinical pharmacists play in the hospital and within the healthcare landscape is aligned with international hospital best practice. These pharmacy professionals form an integral part of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, which consists of physicians, nurses, dieticians, microbiologists and other healthcare professionals, working together to improve quality care and patient outcomes.

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Excellent guide

While important information is already included with medicine, manypatients benefit from verbal guidance, like correct dosage, best waysto consume, and potential side effects.

Change referral paths

Pharmacists usually have good knowledge about doctors andhospitals in their town or country, or sometimes even internationally,due to constant networking.​ ​With this knowledge, a Pharmacist can refer you to the right doctor or clinic suitable for your health situation.

Advise and counsel patients

From giving basic health tips, to answering illness-specific questions, Pharmacists are excellent in advising patients to make healthy life choices.​
​They also counsel patients on mental health, stress management, and suggest consulting the right health professional if needed.

Being there during an emergency

At times of emergency, going to the hospital might not always be an option.​For instance, if a patient is in a health crisis and not in a position to travel to a clinic, a local pharmacist can help with emergency aid.

Empowering patients

Pharmacists empower patients by helping them tackle illness and boosting their confidence.​
​They impart knowledge, they motivate, they help patients to help themselves. Pharmacists are the first port of call in a health crisis, and sometimes even saves lives!

Importance of Pharmacy Worldwide

Therefore we can say that Pharmacy and the knowledge of pharmacy is as important as the qualifications of a doctor (MBBS). Pharmacists are the people who operate at the front level, they are not working behind the scenes. The importance and significance of pharmacy in the world can be understood by the fact that there are billions of drug stores and pharmacies in every country of the world. The diseases in the third world countries are much frequently attacking the poor and innocent people than in the western world, therefore the importance of Pharmacy in the real life in countries like India, Pakistan, African countries and Afghanistan is ever increasing. The number of drug stores in Pakistan have increased in the recent decades which indicates the increase of drugs and prescribed medicines by the physicians. Also the dependency on drugs is due to the fact that they provide instant and quick relief from the pain and chronic illness or any other severe disease.

Importance of Pharmacist

A pharmacist keeps an eye on the quantity of the drugs, the production and the distribution of the drugs. They are also called the chemists who are trained and qualified professionals who operate in the vicinity after obtaining a valid license.A pharmacist keeps an open and wide eye on the hospitals and patients both, they have to stay updated about the latest trends in medicine and diseases so they can provide the best services to the humanity. They also spend a lot of time in the laboratory, where they perform experiments on the different chemicals and drugs and also tour the drug manufacturing factories. They play an important role in the marketing of those drugs which they observe in the drug manufacturing factories worldwide.Therefore the importance of pharmacy is ever increasing and this profession can and never will be ignored until the end of the world.Pharmacy is a unique field of science which directly involves the medicines.A pharmacist can have a good career in any country if they are passionate about their work and they have a good understanding of drugs and their manufacturing. They have to take into account many important aspects in their profession so that no human being is harmed with their negligence. In Pakistan, there is an acute shortage of good pharmacists and medicine profession is suffering from thelack of skilled people who can work with a very progressive career inside the country.

The Importance of Pharmacy in Real Life

Preparation of drugs and medicine is a complex procedure, it is the most important profession in the world related to the health of individuals on national and domestic level. The preparation of drugs and various drugs related to different diseases and their distribution is done by th professionally qualified and trained people called Pharmacists. They are the people who know the correct use of medicines and advise the correct use of medicines to their patients. Just like a doctor who diagnosis a disease in the patient, A pharmacist prepares the medcines for them to bring them instant cure and get rid of their disease.