The pharmaceutical profession has experimented relevant changes worldwide through the last few decades in response to social challenges and needs. Clinical Pharmacy practice refers to providing safe, effective, appropriate and cost-effective medicines to the patients for their better health care. Today’s pharmacy practice deals with understanding the unique needs of the patients and realizing that healthcare professionals have a moral and professional duty to provide patients with adequate care in return to the trust empowered by them. Over the past few decades, growing evidence from global research has demonstrated the positive impact of clinical pharmacy services on patient outcomes. Therefore, Clinical Pharmacy practice is undoubtedly one of such area which can take a lead role in improving the pharmacy practice scenario by delivering a pharmaceutical care as required to the patients.
All the applicants for the Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy course must have passed the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from a recognized university and with minimum of CGPA/SGPA 2.5 or 50 % in aggregate with one year of Pharmacy practice experience (for example, work experience in hospital, or community, or industry, analytical lab, academia etc) and must pass the entrance examination. The candidate will be admitted strictly in accordance with the merit secured at the entrance examination.
Clinical pharmacists are involved in providing the advanced pharmaceutical care services to the patient and are directly involved in patient care activities. Managing medicines safely, effectively and efficiently is central to the delivery of high-quality care that is focused on the patient. Such graduates will be needed in various kinds of health agencies, communities, hospitals, and institutions. In general, M.Pharm (Clinical pharmacy) graduates will be able to carry out the responsibilities of various health institutions and hospital as a researcher and care provider. They collaborate with other members of health care service providers or may involve directly in patients care. Areas of a practice of these graduates include:
- Professional development.
- Pharmaceutical care
- Disease-state management
- Clinical interventions (refusal to dispense a drug, recommendation to change and/or add a drug to a patient's pharmacotherapy, dosage adjustments, etc.
- Extemporaneous pharmaceutical compounding.
- Communication skills
- Health psychology
- Patient care
- Drug abuse prevention
- Prevention of drug interactions, including drug-drug interactions or drug-food interactions
- Prevention (or minimization) of adverse events
- Drug discovery and evaluation
- Community Pharmacy
- Hospital pharmacy management
The duration of Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy course is of 2 years (4 semesters). In each of the first two semesters, there are courses work comprising minimum of 15 weeks of instruction and examination preparation leave of one week. The part of third semester is allocated for instruction and proposal writing for the research project. The fourth semester is exclusively dedicated for dissertation. During the span of study, students are encouraged to present Seminars and write review papers whose marks will be included in internal theory marks. The total credit hour of whole courses is of 62 hours .