BESTOWING PHARM.D TO THE ERA OF HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY AND PATIENT SAFETY

 

ABOUT AUTHORS:
Tarun Singh
India’s Leading Drugs Consultant
SSJ Hospital
doctarunsethi@gmail.com

Advancement in health and medicine has enhanced the life expectancy of human beings. For last hundred years' medicinal processes and medical equipment are proved to be the boon to human health for diagnosing properly and for applying proper medicines to the patient.

Medicine is considered as one of the most important necessity to all of us. It is derived from the Latin words arsmedicina meaning "the art of healing". Medicine and Drugs are the synonyms.  Drugs is concerned with maintaining or restoring human health through the study, diagnosis, treatment and possible prevention of disease, injury and other damage to a body or mind. It ignites the human mind to initiate more research to find other sophisticated technology for adding value to medical science. Due to consistent effort of doctors and scientists now we have latest medical equipmentfor diagnosis, High quality medicine packaging machines, Computerised blood testing machines, digital & robotic testing machines.

A human health problem encompasses treatment by drugs, diet, exercise and other surgical or nonsurgical means. There are different types of Drugs resources; we have herbal medicine and synthetic drugs. Drugs are developed to cure the disease but sometimes this may cause problems if not taken properly,and some medicines can cause problems, even if taken them correctly. This is why it is important to ask from doctors and pharmacists about all the medicines you are taking, Contact immediately to your doctor or pharmacist if you think your medicine is making you feel worse.

Now the question is why some medicine cause problem, and why it affects some patients and not others?
As people see one thing from different aspects, like that drugs are designed to bind with specific receptor for its expected action but there are many other receptors to act with this drug and its metabolite. This is the reason same drugs on different receptors act differently and gives unexpected results. Now, this is not only with allopathy medicine it is with everything we take like food, Ayurveda medicine, Soft drinks, minerals, vegetable, street food, and other types of medicine system, and even with water also. These non-expected effects which come after binding with other receptors could leads to beneficial outcome or may not. Some times when patients taking medicine with other medicine or food or drink could reacttogether and that combination can lead to non-expected effects. This is usually seen in chronic patient or who takes medicines for long time. There are many other types of problems related to medication called Drug Therapy Problems or Drug Related Problems (DTPs or DRPs).

What is prevalence of Drug Therapy Problems and Medication Errors in India?
Drug Therapy Problems and Medication errors could result in fatal outcome and this is the leading cause of Death in India. Surveillance data and exact statistic data not yet available but it is estimated that every sixth admission in the emergency ward is due to this reason. Further, there could be a prevalence of every eighth death could be due to DTP and Medication and this is also the leading cause of patient’s readmission in the hospitals. It is suggested to have more and more surveillance studies to retrieve exact data for such problems

Who can prevent from such problems?
New entrant in Healthcare Profession is called Pharm.D (Doctor of Pharmacy). This is the six year curriculum including one year internship. They are specially trained in Drugs Therapy, Medication Therapy Management, Clinical Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacokinetic, and Clinical Research.  PharmD aspirant usually encounter all Drug Therapy Problems in hospitals and can counsel your all medicine related worries. 

What kind of services PharmD performs in Hospital?
Pharm.D is friend of resident (Patient) in the hospital; they take care of your Drug Therapy Problems, Hospital Induced Errors, Minimise Medication Error, Drug Dosing Designing, Inter-Individual variable’s dosing calculation especially for High-Risk Medication.  Counseling the residents and there attendants regarding medication. They alsohelp to lower the medical expenses of the residents. They train the Medical and Para-Medical Staff related to medication as well as provides Drugs Information Services.

Like a patient is on Anti-Depressants, Diabetic Medicine, Hypertensive medicine etc. it is very common to change in their weight, libido, Change in Sleep pattern - Insomnia or somnolence, Cost related worries, High or Sub-Therapeutic dosing or some time Drug Intake Omit related worries can be easily taken by them  and can counsel you well. 

Does Consultant Pharmacist or Clinical Pharmacist available in India?
Yes, this fraternity has brought in India with the jointly efforts by Pharmacy Council of India and Government of India to improve the Patient safety. This will benchmark the Indian Healthcare Services and improve Medical Tourism in India. With their sincere efforts now it would be easy for Indian Hospitals to meet International Patient Safety Goals. There is a huge demand for these Doctors in the Hospitals who is providing Quality Healthcare Services.

Ascending demand of quality healthcare services asking about eminent PharmD’s in India. Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a patient dies every time simply because of any DTP or Medication Errors. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right for life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, and let us be bold.

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