Pharmacist plays a vital role in hospital and is not confined to a single type of role but performs a variety of jobs. Some of the tasks performed by a pharmacist in hospital are:
Manufacturing and compounding:
Pharmacist manufactures, plans and develop procedures for manufacturing of medicines, I/V admixtures etc. and compound drugs for patients with prescriptions.
Pharmacist purchases drugs from the market. He plans for purchase, advertisement for purchase and select methods for procurement.
Quality Control and Quality Assurance:
Pharmacist evaluates and analyzes the manufactured and/or purchased drugs and procedures of pharmacy practice.
Storage and inventory control of drugs:
Pharmacist stores the drugs as required and distributes them to various sections, and maintain the inventory of drugs. They keep a check on the expiry of drugs and report the concerned authority accordingly.
Dispensing of drugs:
Pharmacist dispenses drug to the in patient and out patients with medication order and prescriptions.
Besides dispensing, pharmacist provides clinical services like monitoring of drug use, evaluation of adverse drugs reactions, drug interactions and counseling the patients regarding drug utilization and other drug related information.
Drug information services:
Pharmacist provides the services of drug information, establishes and maintains drug/medicine information center.
Teaching and education:
Pharmacist teaches, educates and trains the patients, public, social workers, health care professionals as well as health care students about the drugs, their uses and pharmaceutical care services.
Involvement in committees:
Pharmacist is involved in various administrative and other committees within the institutions.
Development of hospital formulary:
Pharmacist being the member of Pharmacy Therapeutic Committee (PTC) is involved in developing and updating the hospital formulary.
Abid Ali @abidaliphm
Doctor of Pharmacy