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Need for Action Plan for Pharmacy Practice in Pakistan: A Preliminary Study

1Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan


American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences. 2014, Vol. 2 No. 5B, 1-3
DOI: 10.12691/ajps-2-5B-1
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Cite this paper:
Madeeha Malik, Azhar Hussain. Need for Action Plan for Pharmacy Practice in Pakistan: A Preliminary Study. American Journal of Pharmacological Sciences. 2014; 2(5B):1-3. doi: 10.12691/ajps-2-5B-1.

Correspondence to: Madeeha  Malik, Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hamdard University, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan. Email: madeehamalik15@gmail.com

Abstract

The Action Plan for Pharmacy Practice is a long-term collaborative initiative for managing the changes required in pharmacy practice to meet the health care needs of Pakistani population. The main aim of this paper is to propose a pharmacy practice model for optimizing patient care. Hamdard Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Hamdard University took a new initiative for collaborative concept mapping that mapping that embodies effective capacity building processes by enabling exploration, articulation and negotiation of shared motives and opportunities to formulate strategy and action plan for effective pharmacy practice in Pakistan. The authors commenced this journey by first conceptualizing different pharmacy practice models as a working paper in developed and developing world as it appears in the literature and then moved to capacity building process as there is chronic shortage of pharmacy practice experts in Pakistan. A focus group discussion was held on the theme “Need for Action Plan for Pharmacy Practice in Pakistan” as the first step towards translating this action plan into practice. Approximately fifteen stakeholders all pharmacists from Drug Regulatory Authority, Academia, Hospitals and Community pharmacies participated in the discussion. Patient centric model which aptly defined the aims and means of the action plan for successful implementation of pharmacy practice was proposed to be implemented in Pakistan. The proposed plan highlighted a clear motive and purpose by all stakeholders to understand their role and commit to shared goals, such as inclusion of status of pharmacist as provider care, implementation of integrated hospital and community practice models, capacity building, training and research.

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