Text book on Emerging trends in Pharmacy Practice in India
Pharmacy practice is the buzz word in clinical community and hospital settings. The conventional role of pharmacist as custodian of prescription medicines has transformed into an active health care provider. The renewed role of pharmacist has emerged due to demand from co-healthcare workers and patients. The emergence of information technology into health sciences has put forth the challenge of integrating basic health sciences with applied pharmaceutical sciences to offer optimized healthcare delivery. Healthcare delivery is no more a domain of individual professionals but teamwork of allied healthcare providers like doctors to diagnose, pharmacists to scrutinize prescriptions and educate patients while nurses are to render the nursing services. The cost of the treatment and crunch on human resources for healthcare has made it very difficult to deliver quality care to all the patients. The shortages of doctors, nurses and trained pharmacists have been increasing due to explosion of knowledge in healthcare sciences. It is very unfortunate usually a fraction of knowledge gets applied in clinical practice despite of availability of technology and skills. In this book, a thorough debate on emerging technologies and its impact in healthcare delivery relevant to pharmacy practice shall be deliberated.