Shri Abhay Kumar, IPA President discussing issues of pharmacists with Shri J.P. Naddaji, Hon'ble Health Minister of India, in the presence of
Shri VP Ray, MP Andaman & Nicobar
Indian Pharmacist Association (IPA) Writes to Prime Minister of India for permitting Pharmacists to Prescribe Medicine in India
Indian Pharmacist Association (IPA) is a national level association working for the welfare of pharmacy professionals and upliftment of Pharmaceutical Standards in India.
Mr. Abhay Kumar, National President, Indian Pharmacist Association has written a letter to Prime Minister of India. In his letter Mr. Abhay Kumar mentioned that the allopathic system of medicine has its origin from the western country and was introduced in our country during the British Empire in India. The concept and philosophy of Modern medicine has revolutionized with time in those countries but remained stagnant on the concept of role being played by the Pharmacist in India. Pharmacist have very vast and vital role in the health Sector, but in India it has been curtailed with dispensing of medicine only.
Non-availability of sufficient MBBS doctors are becoming a major hindrance in implementation of various health schemes and programmes in India and this has compelled the govt. for looking towards non – MBBS based cadre who can fill this gap especially in the rural areas.
Pharmacists have a large pool of health care professional with almost same academia as those of MBBS doctors or BAMS. In developed countries like United States, United Kingdom, Canada etc, the service and caliber of pharmacist is utilized as Prescribing Pharmacist where the pharmacist are authorized to prescribe medicine. This delegation of right to prescribe medicine has played a major role in uplifting the overall health status of these countries. In India Pharmacists in states like Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh etc. already prescribing medicine to patients but are awaiting due recognition and appreciation.
Pharmacists are vastly available with qualification ranging from D. Pharma to Ph D. and are well trained in Pharmacology of Drugs and their uses, side effects, drug interaction etc. Job creation for pharmacists has been in a slow lane resulting in several students staying away from courses in pharmacy colleges across the country.
Here IPA would like to volunteer the Pharmacist for any such role to be played if the government entrusts to introduce non-doctor based cadre who can prescribe medicine in India. Permitting pharmacists to prescribe medicine will not require any amendment in act like Drugs and Cosmetic act, Pharmacy Act etc.
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A pharmacist is a person who practices the profession of pharmacy
I am a specialist in medications
I am a companion of the physician
I am a counselor to the patient
I am a guardian of public health
I have information about virtually all the specific drugs and several facts about them.
I can prepare, compound and provide medicines and pharmaceuticals.
I sincerely attempt to keep myself abreast of current developments in my profession.
I am a counselor on the merits and demerits of different therapeutic agents.
I am the link between physician and patient and the final check on the safety of medicines.
I help the patient understand the proper use of medicaments.
I assist in the patient’s choice of nonprescription drugs or in the decision to consult the physician.
I encourage and promote sound personal health practices.
My professional services are available to all at all times.
I obey the laws governing the practice of pharmacy and support their enforcement.
This is my calling. This is my pride.
We are the Pharmacists of India. We are the backbone of Indian Health System. Pharmacy Act gives power only to us to handle medicines.
Section 42 of the Pharmacy Act states that no person other than a Registered Pharmacist shall compound, prepare, mix, or dispense any medicine on the prescription of a medical practitioner and whosoever contravenes it shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine not exceeding one thousand rupees or with both.
Dispensing is the final step in therapeutics process and the success curative process depends on quality of dispensing practice.
We in Indian health system serves as:
Care giver continuation with health care providers
Decision maker Role in policy making
Manager of resources
Life long learner