42 NATIONAL PHARMACY WEEK 2011

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Dear all, I have been observing and experiencing the observation / celebration of NPW since 1967 (from my student days in GCP, B'lore). Only once we had an occasion to move into the midst of public in the Ravindra kalakshetra, B'lore under the guidance of my respected teacher late S S Kattisettar who was the principal of our college, where there were good many programs including a ancient tribal show "PHARMA--LA-CARTA" . subsequent programs were only speaches by the external examiners to the college, some prominent local doctors and administrators, which latter became a routine every year. The new addition to this was distribution of fruits, sweets to the hospital patients and organizing a blood donation camp , health check-up camp etc and arranging informative lectures cum interactive programs in high schools. Unfortunately, the organizers many even today haven't realized that these activities do not promote pharmacy, service or the profession. The beneficiaries of these activities hardly remember the word pharmacy let alone the profession. Hence, I propose the following program for this years NPW 2011: Program: DOMESTIC DRUGS MANAGEMENT Project area: About 500 to 1000 families around the college with in a 10minutes walk distance. Manpower: Pharmacy teachers with good attitude to move into community, Senior students plus one or two local medical practitioners and a local journalist / social worker. The teacher/s, LMP, and the joyurnalist or social worker make a core group to organize. Materials: 1) Documenting and monitoring stationary 2) Publicity material 3) Well designed inexpensive drug storage shelves / pouches / boxes Operation: Pre-project activity: Understanding the project and its objectives: Every house is having heaps and heaps of left over drugs to which new medicines are being added either on their own or on prescription. These drugs are found dumped in a box / bag / cupboard in places like bed room / TV cabinet / show case / beneath aquarium / kitchen / bath / toilet etc besides in purses / wallets / pockets / beneath pillow or bed etc. These medicines are available in pieces without name (masked) , batch no and Exp date There is 100% chance that these drugs irrespective of their validity and utility value are used (Abuse / misuse) by the house hold either for self or for others. Hence, the main objective of this project is to: 1. Collect data on their awareness about the drugs they have. 2. Make a list of all the drugs they have 3. Help them to discard the waste ones and preserve the usable ones 4. Maintenance of individual drug chart for each person in the house 5. Give follow up visit to each house to ensure their understanding of the need is satisfactory. Documenting and monitoring stationary Publicity pamphlets: Make a brief but informative write-up to inform the public that we are so and so..... and we pharmacist would be happy to visit your house at your convenient time to share your medication problem including the medicine expenses to help you in resolving your medication problem. Consent letter:. Prepare a simple easy to fill consent format so that people can understand and sign the form on their own. Patient data: One master card for each house hold: Head of the family: Name, age, sex, contact number etc Family doctor: Specialty wise if any, Family chemist / pharmacist, if any - with contact number/s. One card for each patient in the house: Name, Age, Sex, Chronic Illness , / Temporary Illness, Name of his/her doctor, Medication profile: Prescription and actual medicine on hand, dose, schedules etc Methodology: 1. Make a group of 3 or 6 students for each street - (depending on the number of houses) under the charge of a teacher. 2. Distribute and collect consent form from the willing house holds and Make a list of the willing households 3. Prepare a visit schedule and inform the household of your visit. 4. Collect a best possible good storage container in their own house and arrange the drugs, label - preferably one for each patient / Distribute the inexpensive container you have prepared either free or at cost. 5. Provide a medication chart, help them to fill it 6. lastly make follow up visit. I am regularly watching this site and my support is available if needed. Thank you
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Ph. Bhagavan P S RPh's picture

I am Bhagavan ,Rtd. Dy Dir.(Pharmacy),Govt of Karnataka, India and currently serving as Registrar, KSPC, Bengaluru, India . I love to write on Hospital pharmacy series related topics out of my experience and observations. Check out my Pharmacist in the Hospital.

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Siva Mavuduru's picture

Respected Sir Even in our college we started celebrating national pharmacy week, but within the college. You came up with the good idea. And in a country like India I feel there is a need to prove the significance of pharmacy Sir I have point to discuss. In our country, How far people will recognize and remember this so that there will a betterment of our profession?
Ph. Bhagavan P S RPh's picture

Mr Siva ganesh, Quote: ....In our country, How far people will recognize and remember.... Well, why alone in our country everywhere in the world it is the service and its quality that are recognized. People first recognize the service then the quality and finally the best service provider. There is no ready-made recognition to any one or to any service/profession. Even if it is there, it is a short lived one as ultimately the recognition whither-out if the quality of service is not competitively good. Well, as I find, pharmacist , Pharmacy has not made any impact on the community through the community / hospital pharmacy and thus expecting any recognition if futile. That's why, I have proposed this project which in a way takes the pharmacist directly into the midst of the community. Ok, good wishes

Bhagavan P.S. B Pharm

Rtd. Dy Dir.(Pharmacy),Govt of Karnataka, India
Sandhya Sravya malla's picture

Respected sir!!! Even we have come up with some thoughts like the main motto of this NATIONAL WEEK is to create awareness among the people that :pharmacists as health care professionals!!!your idea was really motivating and it will surely prove best when once put into practice.As a part of our duty even we will put forth your suggestion into practice..thank u sir!!! m.sandhyasravya
Ph. Bhagavan P S RPh's picture

Thank you. Pl do not hesitate if you need any support. Good luck

Bhagavan P.S. B Pharm

Rtd. Dy Dir.(Pharmacy),Govt of Karnataka, India
Satyajeeth Pandey's picture

Sir First of all i wanna congratulate you for your idea. what you have said is true, but in most of the colleges the national pharmacy week is confined just for the meetings only. unfortunately some colleges are not even celebrating this week. since pharmaD has been introduced into our country, I expect in the next decade pharmacy profession will have good applause from the public since pharmaD has more interaction with the public than B.Pharmacy and M.Pharmacy which are more industrial oriented. I will share your idea with our management and i wish everything will go well.

Satyajit Panda Asst. professor Maharajah's College Of Pharmacy

Ph. Bhagavan P S RPh's picture

Thank you. Pl do not hesitate if you need any support. Good luck

Bhagavan P.S. B Pharm

Rtd. Dy Dir.(Pharmacy),Govt of Karnataka, India

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