Hosp Pharmacy -Th' Committee - My Experience - 2
Well, I was looking for an interesting issue for the next PTC meeting in the Wenlock hospital, Mangalore.
As was my habit, one day I was on my ward rounds. I introduced myself to the junior doctors and inquired about the drug supply position.
I inquired with the ward staff nurse whether she had any difficulty in getting the drugs from the stores or I V fluids from my pharmacy.
This was my tactful way to enter into the clinical arena - a domain of doctors and nurses.
Believe me, its a very sensitive area and one careless or egoistic talk would throw the pharmacist out instantaneously.
I had made it a practice not hurt any one's ego and particularly with co-professionals.
It is safer for the pharmacist to be a learner than a teacher / preacher while working in a hospital, untill he establishes his credibility.
My inquiry pleased both the doctors and the nurses.
Doctors said, some times thy had to prescribe market brands and the nurses complaint was that they have to wait or make repeat trips to get the drugs from the stores and also from the pharmacy.
I profusely appreciated their concern and assured them that I would work out some way to resolve.
Since I was making I V fluids in the hospital, and since it was my product they were using in the ward, I went to all the patients to whom the drip was running and casually started chatting with the patient and their attendants.
With few patients, I found both the generic and brand medicines of the same molecule and formula
While interacting with the patients , doctors and nurses I learnt several reasons for the same.
Within no time (to my surprise) I had a place with them to sit and chat.
I was satisfied at the back of my mind that I have achieved what I wanted.
Next day, I discussed with the pharmacists of the stores and my pharmacy and ensured very prompt supply of medicines and I V fluids to THAT ward.
The sister came and thanked me personally.
Immediately I decided that;
'Comparative study of the therapeutic quality of generic and brand medicines'
should become an issue - agenda for the next PTC meeting.