Pharmacists have an academic training so they can act as health care professionals…
We should start providing care instead of pills…
The number of medicines available on the world market has increased massively over the past few decades. Globalization has brought countries closer together in terms of products and services available, while the health care environment has become increasingly complex thanks to increased travel and migration.
There is therefore a need to develop and generate a new understanding of pharmaceutical care. Hepler and Strand, in 1990, defined this as the “responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient quality of life”.
This means that today´s pharmacist needs to be able to take on multiple roles. The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced the concept of the seven–star pharmacist, supported by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in its policy statement on Good Practice Education in Pharmacy, which sees the pharmacist as:
- Life-long learner
For those people who do receive medicines, data from the WHO and the FIP suggest that over half of all prescriptions are incorrect, and more than half of patients fail to take them correctly. We therefore need a rational approach to the use of medicines that ensures they receive the appropriate medication for their needs, in doses that meet their own individual requirements, for an adequate period of time at the lowest cost to them and their community.
This, in turn, means that there is an important and rewarding professional role for pharmacists beyond managing and supplying pharmaceutical products. We need to provide Medication Therapy Management to optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients.
By improving the way patients take medicines, for example, we can reduce adverse drug reactions. By increasing the knowledge of predisposing factors, we can greatly improve programs and campaigns to help vulnerable groups of patients.
The idea is to improve patient´s health benefit.