100 The Pharmacist oath in India -

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I am happy to preesnt my 100th Blog on today and I dedicate this blog to the Pharmacy profession and Professionals.

As I was revisiting the Oath prescribed for the Indian Pharmacist and being administered by all the pharmacy colleges and also by some of the state pharmacy councils I felt utter humiliation on two counts: 1. No scope and freedom to practice as per the oath taken and 2. The naked farce that exists on the very face of the oath. Here is how it looks.

It clearly shows we pharmacists are reading and administering it without knowing the reality and understanding the meaning of the oath we take or administer. A glaring display of our stupidity without realizing the mismatch that exists between what we preach and what we practice.

Hence, I feel the need to revise everything in pharmacy including the oath to make it more meaningful and motivating.

Indian Pharmacists Oath

My observation and comments

1. I Swear by the code of Ethics of Pharmacy Council of India in Relation to the community and shall act as an integral part of health care team.

2. I shall uphold the laws and standards governing my profession.

3. I shall strive to perfect and enlarge my knowledge to contribute to the advancement of pharmacy and public health.

4. I shall follow the system, which I consider best for pharmaceutical care and counseling of patients.

5. I shall endeavour to discover and manufacture drugs of quality to alleviate sufferings of humanity.

6. I shall hold in confidence the knowledge gained about the patients in connection with professional practice and never divulge unless compelled to do so by the law.

7. I shall associate with organizations having their objectives for betterment of the profession of Pharmacy and make contribution to carry out the work of those organisations.

8. While I continue to keep this Oath inviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of pharmacy respected by all, at all times! Should I trespass and violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot!

The expression that I swear by the Etics of PCI is misnomer and needs to be deleted. To take oath ...as an integral part of the healthcare team and healthcare system when The pharmacy courses have moved away from the health system and healthcare team has no meaning at all.

The regulatory itself is not enforcing the law and taking oath that I comply with the law has become only a notional expression with no binding to practice.

How can I strive to perfect and enlarge .....public health when the pharma academe is struck being glued to material medica and does not come out to see the reality of life in the community?

This is impossible as there is no professional freedom to the pharmacists to exercise his professional discretion

But, manufacturing drugs has not been the exclusive domain of the pharmacist though it should be.

Yes, I can follow and comply

1. Yes I can comply

2. No comments

So, Should we not revise the Oath to make it more meaningful and motivating?

The revised Oath was adopted by the AACP House of Delegates in July 2007 and has been approved by the American Pharmacists Association. AACP member institutions should plan to use the revised Oath of a Pharmacist during the 2008-09 academic year and with spring 2009 graduates.

I feel it is necessary. I am quoting the oaths of FIP and American Association for information and comparison:

INDIAN

FIP

AMERICAN

1. I Swear by the code of Ethics of Pharmacy Council of India in Relation to the community and shall act as an integral part of health care team.

2, I shall uphold the laws and standards governing my profession.11. I shall strive to perfect and enlarge my knowledge to contribute to the advancement of pharmacy and public health.

3.I shall follow the system, which I consider best for pharmaceutical care and counseling of patients.

4. I shall endeavour to discover and manufacture drugs of quality to alleviate sufferings of humanity.

5. I shall hold in confidence the knowledge gained about the patients in connection with professional practice and never divulge unless compelled to do so by the law.

6 I shall associate with organizations having their objectives for betterment of the profession of Pharmacy and make contribution to carry out the work of those organisations.

7 While I continue to keep this Oath inviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of pharmacy respected by all, at all times!

8. Should I trespass and violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot!

I vow to serve humanity and to support my profession's ideals and commitments.

I shall be guided in all dimensions of my life by the highest standards of human conduct.

_ I shall apply the full measure of my knowledge and abilities to supporting the health and well-being of all those I serve.

I shall always place the needs of all those I serve above my personal interests and considerations.

_ I shall treat all those I serve equally, fairly and with respect, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or political beliefs.

_ I shall protect the confidentiality of personal and health information entrusted to me.

_ I shall maintain my professional knowledge and competence throughout my career.

_ I shall support the advancement of knowledge and standards of practice in pharmacy.

_ I shall nurture the preparation of future members of my profession.

_ I shall use all opportunities to develop collaborative practice with all healthcare professionals in my environment.

In taking this solemn oath / making this promise, I honour those who have supported my develop

"I promise to devote myself to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of pharmacy. In fulfilling this vow:

I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns.

I will apply my knowledge, experience, and skills to the best of my ability to assure optimal outcomes for my patients.

I will respect and protect all personal and health information entrusted to me.

I will accept the lifelong obligation to improve my professional knowledge and competence.

I will hold myself and my colleagues to the highest principles of our profession's moral, ethical and legal conduct.

I will embrace and advocate changes that improve patient care.

I will utilize my knowledge, skills, experiences, and values to prepare the next generation of pharmacists.

About the Author

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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Ph. Bhagavan P S RPh's picture

Please try to compose a good meaningful oath for the Indian pharmacist.

Bhagavan P.S. B Pharm

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

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