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Union government is working to expand its healthcare delivery formats to include the pharmacists who would interface with the doctors in the drug therapy compliances in patient care. This will not only in the hospital setting for patient care but also for clinical trials where the pharmacist will play an indelible role to keep tabs on the adverse drug monitoring and systematic review of therapy protocols.

Pharmacists are primary care providers. They will now take on the job of evaluating patient profiles, review medication and recovery with not just medicines but also medical devices. The pharmacist will be responsible to leverage his knowledge at the right time and place to improve, patient satisfaction and the quality of care. This profession will evolve to optimize clinical decision support, said Union minister for health and family welfare JP Nadda.

India has now proved its responsibility to supply quality drugs to not just the developing markets of the world but even to the regulated regions. With the government allocating Rs.1,700 crore to strengthen the state drug regulatory framework, over three-year period, we would only see enforcement of stringent regulations that would enhance the confidence of the international market. A comprehensive programme by ministry of health and family welfare and the department of pharmaceuticals will now see the need for pharmacists to coordinate in related projects. This opens promising opportunities for qualified pharmacists and is in step with the theme of the 67th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress at Mysuru, ‘Pharmacists for a Healthy India’, said minister Nadda.

The government is now taking a concerted effort to encourage technological-based and managerial driven exercise to adopt safe and effective medicine practices. This will be the only way to control the daunting anti-microbial resistance and irrational use of drugs in the country that could be achieved by improving the quality of environment and protecting public health. Here too, the role of a pharmacist comes to assumes greater responsibility, said KL Sharma, joint secretary (regulation), department of health and family welfare, government of India.

The obligation of a pharmacist in the area of medical devices will also be seen as an integral task in the healthcare delivery space. In fact, a pharmacist’s presence will enable end-user acceptability. “With the creation of a dedicated ministry of pharmaceuticals and medical devices which is on the cards, the pharmacist is seen to be the right human resource to team up effectively with partners across the healthcare disciplines. Specific to medical devices, we would work for a single window clearance for licensing and related approvals that would enable transparency and efficient turnaround. Here too pharmacists are expected to lead and manage the risks and changes associated with the development, implementation, safety, and use of medical devices that support medication management,” he said.
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