Sample Healthcare Paper on Pharmacy Demystified

Pharmacy becomes interesting because of the vast knowledge acquired during training. The ease with which pharmacists prescribe medication, use field specific terminology and their understanding of each drug on the shelf paints the impression of professionals confident at what they do which inspires equal confidence in patients.

Role of the Pharmacist in Practice

Pharmacists are professionals trained to provide a myriad of services to patients.  In an attempt to save life and reduce patients’ suffering pharmacists offer such services to: improve patient health and safety, arbitrate drug adversity, improve health outcomes through standardization of medication. Filling out Prescriptions: inter professional corporations between the doctor and the pharmacist ensures that the pharmacist provides the dosage prescribed by the doctor. Additionally pharmacists are mandated to provide over the counter medication such as antihistamines, emergency contraceptives, which do not necessarily require prescriptions.

Pharmacists monitor drug interactions: Routine checks with patients ensure feedback is received on the effects of the drugs in the patients. Drug kinetics and their interactions may cause dramatic, sometimes erratic reactions in the patient. In these cases, the pharmacist could liaise with the physician and have the dosage and/or medication changed.

Pharmacists offer information about the prescription to the patient. In explaining medication information, the pharmacist enlightens the patient or patient representative on the kinds of foods, and or drugs they should take together with the drugs. Moreover, they may propose follow-up and alternative treatment for the patients.

 

Pharmacists play an important role in insurance claims preparations. Patients’ records help the pharmacist to write memorandums to insurance companies to verify patients’ medication benefits.  A pharmacist’s duties are not only limited to dispensing of medication to the sick and vulnerable, they also manage and educate pharmaceutical technicians and health care staff on health care best practice. In clinical practice, they coordinate with doctors to come up with workable treatment schedules for patients.

The pharmacist in this case is the patient’s advocate. Advocacy in the sense that: the patient relies on the pharmacist for their medication history, and prescription history. Such information is most important when it comes to insurance and compensatory claims in cases of exposure to expired and or contaminated medication etc. The pharmacist may refer the patient for specialized treatment in cases of persistent pathology and poor response to drugs. The pharmacists’ patient record referred to as the Medication action plan, could be used as an alternative for the doctors’ medical record in cases of loss of information relating to the patient by the doctors. The patients are interviewed from time to time by the pharmacist to establish the effectiveness of medication given and withdraw the patient from the therapy if need be. The pharmacist may review the drug administered to the patient for cases of administration of the wrong drugs and/or improper dosage recommended.

Pharmacy is a versatile field as I have been able to learn. Despite the notion that Pharmacists are enclosed entirely behind the counter, these professionals drive the health sector at its very core. They employ a multi-faceted framework while working in collaboration with other professionals in achieving better health outcomes for the patient. They are closest to the patient as they address both inpatient and outpatient needs of the patient, their families and other aides etc.

In a nutshell Pharmacists collect, evaluate, plan, implement and make follow-up on the patients to ensure better medical outcomes. Suffice to say, pharmacy goes beyond a profession it is a calling of divine nature.

 

 

Works Cited

McInnis, T, C E Webb and L M Strand . “The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Integrating          Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes.” 06 2012. Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. <Available at:     http://www.pcpcc.org/sites/default/files/media/medmanagement.pdf. Accessed May 17, 2014.>.