Celebrating World Pharmacists Day 2016 in Bangladesh

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This year’s World Pharmacists Day theme is: ‘Pharmacists: Caring for you’. Theme of this year was chosen to reflect the important role of pharmacists in providing care to the public, and also to highlight the emotional connection that pharmacists have with their patients

Background

Pharmacists can be seens as the most accessible member of today’s health care team. The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) described pharmacy as: “the profession responsible for the appropriate use of medications, devices, and services to achieve optimal therapeutic outcomes.”

Pharmacists have expertise and knowledge on medications and the important role of the pharmacist is “the responsible provision of drug therapy for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life” (APhA).

Among other licensing requirements, different countries require pharmacists to hold either a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Master of Pharmacy, or Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, which is a graduate six-year professional degree at the doctoral level with a clinical focus.

There are many possible areas of specialisation area for pharmacists. These include: Academic pharmacist, Clinical pharmacy specialist, Community pharmacist, Compounding pharmacist, Consultant pharmacist, Drug information pharmacist, Home health pharmacist, Hospital pharmacist, Industrial pharmacist, Informatics pharmacist, Managed care pharmacist, Military pharmacist, Nuclear pharmacist, Oncology pharmacist, Palliative care pharmacist, Pharmacist prescriber, Regulatory-affairs pharmacist, Veterinary pharmacist, Pharmacist clinical pathologist, Pharmacist Clinical toxicologist, Pediatric pharmacist, Neonatal pharmacist.

The pharmacy profession in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, Pharmacy is a dynamic and fast growing profession as in other countries of the world. In 1964, the University of Dhaka first started the Bachelor of Pharmacy course and open a new department named: Department of Pharmacy.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy degree is known as B.Pharm (Hons.) in Bangladesh. It is an undergraduate academic degree in the field of pharmacy. It is a four-year program with both annual and semester schemes available.

Master of Pharmacy (M.Pharm) is a degree that is achieved by a Pharmacy student who has completed his Bachelor of Pharmacy from a University in the field of pharmacy. Master of Pharmacy integrates science and healthcare.

Currentlly, a few universities in the country plan to introduce the five-year Pharmacy course termed as Pharm. D. degree in order to cope with the international job requirement as well as to comply with international Pharmacy education level.

At present there are six public and 22 private universities which provide the four-year B. Pharm. (Hons.) education in Bangladesh.

There is a council that considered as the controlling authority of pharmacy education and practice in Bangladesh. The Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh (PCB) is an Autonomous Organization under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. It was established under the Pharmacy Ordinance, Ordinance No. X111 of 1976.

A pharmacist working in the hospital not a popular job in Bangladesh. After completing the graduation, pharmacists will typically choose to start working in pharmaceutical companies. However, some private hospitals have recently recruited graduate pharmacists.

World Pharmacists Day in Bangladesh

This year, pharmacist working in palliative care going to celebrate this day at Centre for Palliative Care (CPC), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for the first time to promote the pharmacist role in patient care. Many other pharmacist’s organisations and hospitals will also celebrate this day by through various events such as rallies or open discussions.

You can find out more about World Pharmacists Day on the event website.   

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