How To Become Clinical Pharmacist, Eligibility And Job Responsibilities

PCI has finally created post of Clinical Pharmacist for hospitals in India. This move will benefit Pharm D holders as their services will be recognized and job opportunities will increase. The clinical pharmacist post is introduced in pharmacy practice amendment regulations 2021.

Eligibility For Clinical Pharmacist 

The Clinical Pharmacist should have following qualifications—

(i) should possess Pharm. D from an institution approved by the Pharmacy Council of India;
(ii) should have undergone training in-
(a) involvement in formulary development, drug use evaluation, and quality assurance activities;
(b) ambulatory care experience;
(iii) should have the ability to research and analyze the medical literature including drug information, disease states, and clinical practice guidelines;
(iv) should have extensive knowledge of pharmacy and its related subdisciplines (therapeutics, pharmacology, physical pharmacy), formulary development, drug use review, quality assurance, legal, regulatory, and standards of practice;
(v) should have such length and type of practical experience for new recruits as specified by the Pharmacy Council of India;
(vi) should be fluent in English and regional language of the place in which the Clinical Pharmacist works.

Age Limit: Not announced yet

Job Responsibility For Clinical Pharmacist

(a) provide patient care which optimizes the use of medication and promotes health, wellness and disease prevention in collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals;
(b) evaluate all medicate coverage requirement requests;
(c) ensure compliance to all clinical procedures;
(d) coordinate with pharmacy and medical staff to perform regular interventions according to present drugs;
(e) perform regular evaluation on all usage and dosage of drugs;
(f) ensure absence of all reactions;
(g) assist all patients with assessment of patient orders;
(h) assist prescription infusion and ensure adherence to all laws and regulations;
(i) gather, maintain and analyze all laboratory data;
(j) record all required patient information;
(k) make recommendations to change dosage if required;
(l) administer and complete all pharmacy care plans;
(m) perform reconciliation of all medications and supervise all sterile mixing processes;
(n) review all medications and equipments and ensure accuracy and effective functioning;
(o) manage all communications with physicians and patients;
(p) assist to resolve all patients within required timeframe;
(q) maintain record of all medications for patients;
(r) ensure absence of all discrepancies;
(s) analyze all side effects and drug interactions;
(t) retrieve clinical information for monitoring;
(u) revision of the medication use process;
(v) coordinate with all medical case managers;
(w) evaluate all high risk members to prevent all risks;
(x) participate in all patient associated meetings;
(y) prepare all clinical documents;
(z) participate in all on call activities for pharmacy;
(za) evaluate all pharmacy claim data and identify all clinical savings;
(zb) attend all therapeutic and pharmacy committee meetings;
(zc) design and maintain all medication protocols for all clinical pharmacists;
(zd) coordinate with all clinical team members to ensure optimal services;
(ze) provide support to all clinical programs;
(zf) ensure compliance to all medication process;
(zg) evaluate all data to administer all drug utilization patterns;
(zh) monitor all departmental activities;
(zi) analyse all quality improvement activities;
(zj) present all annual studies for management;
(zk) serve as a drug information resource;
(zl) contribute to drug use management activities;
(zm) work with other faculty on drug information service-related projects as needed;
(zn) attend a major and national pharmacy meeting.

Scope and Effect of Work

While discharging his duties, the Clinical pharmacist shall have regard to following matters, namely:—

(a) the factors like patient compliance to the medicines, cost, and supply, rational utilization of resources, minimization of wastages and rational prescribing;
(b) carry out and perform his duty, thus contributing to the overall economy of the nation;
(c) counseling the patients, advising the prescribers on rational selection of drugs and, therefore, it has a direct impact on the overall patient care.

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