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Pharmacy 2014, 2(3), 244-247; doi:10.3390/pharmacy2030244

Clinical Trials Involving Pharmacists in Pakistan’s Healthcare System: A Leap from Paper to Practice

1,2,3,* and 2
1
Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ziauddin University, Karachi, Sindh 75600, Pakistan
2
Department of Pharmacy, Health and Well Being, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sunderland, England SR1 3SD, UK
3
Department of Pharmacy, Clifton Hospital, Karachi, Sindh 75600, Pakistan
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 12 July 2014 / Revised: 9 September 2014 / Accepted: 10 September 2014 / Published: 16 September 2014
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Abstract

The inclusion of pharmacists in the healthcare system of a developing country like Pakistan has always been a subject of debate among the healthcare professionals (HCPs), especially physicians, who have long ruled the healthcare system alone and who have had a long-held position of supremacy. The common argument against the inclusion of pharmacists is the dynamics of the healthcare system, and patients being physician oriented, hence, consider the inclusion of pharmacists as no good. Although the trend of defiance is changing, it is worthwhile mentioning here that the concept of the inclusion of pharmacist was implemented in developed countries by an evidence-based approach, i.e., to actually involve pharmacists in the disease state management of a patient and conducting a trial. This opinion calls for the same to be implemented in a developing country like Pakistan to evaluate its significance. View Full-Text
Keywords: clinical trials; pharmacists; clinical pharmacists; healthcare professionals (HCPs); Pakistan clinical trials; pharmacists; clinical pharmacists; healthcare professionals (HCPs); Pakistan
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Abbas, A.; Khan, N. Clinical Trials Involving Pharmacists in Pakistan’s Healthcare System: A Leap from Paper to Practice. Pharmacy 2014, 2, 244-247.

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