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Md. Israr Uddin1, Saleh Hamed Rifai1, Md. Atif Ali1, Nasr Jawad Hussain1, Syed Ahmed Hussaini1*, U. Ramchander Rao2, Md Zahid Saif1, J.A. Ansari1.
1Department of Pharmacy Practice (PharmD), MESCO College of Pharmacy, (Osmania University), Hyderabad, INDIA.
2Department of General Medicine, Osmania General Hospital (OGH), Afzal Gunj, Hyderabad, INDIA.

ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Volume 5, Issue 4, Page 247-253.

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E-mail: sah296@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
Aim: The main aim of our study was to evaluate and illustrate the need of clinical pharmacist in a tertiary care setup.
Subject and Methods: The data of 112 patients were collected by using prepared forms and was examined to identify any discrepancies within the prescriptions, evaluate the patients’ knowledge on his oral medication, Un-Identified Adverse Drug Event, Drug-drug interactions and provide drug information when requested, evaluating its feedback.
Results: In the data collected, the following outcomes were recorded. Out of 112 patients, only 19 were aware of the indications and a number of 3 patients knew the side effects of their respective drug regimen. A total of 85 interactions were found in the prescriptions majority of which were insignificant. About 331 prescription errors were noted, unauthorized abbreviations were a majority. About 222 adverse drug events were recognized out of which majority of them were classified as possible. During the study, a total of 89 drug information queries (DIQ’s) were requested out of which majority of the queries were regarding indication of the drug therapy.
Conclusion: Analyzing the results, it is noted that the presence of a clinical pharmacist is essentially required in the near future to address these issues so that successful therapy outcomes are achieved. Clinical Pharmacist will help in filling the gap between patients and other healthcare professions thereby improving Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) of the patients.
Keywords: Clinical Pharmacy, Health Care, Pharmacist.