What if students could be transformational resources for pharmacy practice?

  • R Coetzee University of the Western Cape
  • A Bheekie University of the Western Cape
  • M Van Huyssteen University of the Western Cape

Abstract

The pharmacists’ role in the healthcare system is expanding internationally beyond the traditional roles of compounding and medicine supply management, to providing patient-centred care and updating health care workers on relevant medicine therapies.1 Pharmacists are pivotal in meeting the medicine-related needs of patients and other health care professionals. Even though pharmacists will remain responsible for medicine supply management, the routine activities associated with this can be handled by qualified pharmacist’s assistants and/or pharmacy technicians, while allowing pharmacists to embark on pharmaceutical care, identifying and solving the risks associated with medicine use and therapeutic drug monitoring.2 With an increase in the development of new medicines, it has become imperative for pharmacists to be integral members of the multidisciplinary team in order to ensure rational use of these medicines.3 Patient safety with the use of medicines have become a global concern. Therefore, pharmacists engaging in patient-centred practices could contribute towards better patient outcomes.4

Author Biographies

R Coetzee, University of the Western Cape
School of Pharmacy University of the Western Cape South Africa
A Bheekie, University of the Western Cape
School of Pharmacy University of the Western Cape South Africa
M Van Huyssteen, University of the Western Cape
School of Pharmacy University of the Western Cape South Africa
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