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Pharmacy 2017, 5(3), 43;

Development of Pharmacy Practice in European Countries—The Polish Perspective

First Department of Cardiology, Medical University in Gdansk, Dębinki 7, 80-952 Gdańsk, Poland
Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Dr. A. Jurasza 2, 85-089 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Received: 8 June 2017 / Revised: 30 July 2017 / Accepted: 30 July 2017 / Published: 2 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Pharmacy Education and Student / Practitioner Training)
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Polish pharmacy practice and the distribution of medicinal products in some European countries are still going through a significant transformation. Changes postulated by the pharmacists should strengthen their role, and the place of community pharmacies in the health care system in the context of—among others—the introduction and popularization of pharmaceutical care. Subsequently, these efforts may essentially ensure the professional independence of the pharmacists. The introduction of pharmaceutical care to the pharmacy practice in all European countries will help to improve the quality of patient care and treatment outcomes, and will lead to a better allocation of available resources. Herewith, we present an important voice in the international debate, showing the current changes in the pharmacy practice in Poland, a European Union (EU)-member from 2004. Indeed, this paper presents the perspective of the country in which the position of pharmaceutical care is not well-established, and the role of the pharmacist is still limited to dispensing medicinal products, more than decade after it joined EU. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmaceutical care; pharmacist; pharmaceutical law; pharmacy practice; community pharmacy pharmaceutical care; pharmacist; pharmaceutical law; pharmacy practice; community pharmacy

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Świeczkowski, D.; Merks, P.; Cwalina, N.; Jaguszewski, M.J. Development of Pharmacy Practice in European Countries—The Polish Perspective. Pharmacy 2017, 5, 43.

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