|About the Author: Qurrat-Ul-Ain Shaukat is one of the talented students of Hajvery University, Lahore, Pakistan. She is studying in Pharm. D.|
Pharmacy is regarded as one of the most trusted professions in the world. Pharmacy has always been an exciting and rewarding career but has recently become the most pursued fields in the health care industry. Today many people choose pharmacy as a profession to save the life of ill/sick people, who are suffering from dangerous and perilous diseases.
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Pharmacy is regarded as “Life saving profession” and in reality the practice of pharmacy today is important in the delivery of health care services and the pharmacist are health professionals, who have the detailed knowledge of drugs and how these drugs perform their actions in the body.
Pharmacists and Doctors
Doctors are very important part of our society. They diagnose the disease and prescribe the medicines for the treatment of the diseases. Like Doctors, Pharmacist is also very important personality because he formulates the medicines, which are prescribed by doctors. So we can say that without pharmacist, doctors can not improve the public health and cannot cure the disease. Pharmacist is the backbone of medical profession. Without his expertise, doctors cannot do anything. They cannot fully cure the ill person.
Pharmacist not only formulate the medicine, which are prescribed by physician, he also assess the suitability of the medication for particular patient taking into account their medical history as well as the pharmacist tells us about the side effects of drug and interaction with other drugs and give clear understanding of the medication. So, today pharmacy is one of the best professions and I would like to suggest the young generation to choose pharmacy as their profession to save the lives and betterment of the public health as for the betterment of the public health our society desperately needs a pharmacist.
Pharmacist and Patient
There is a lack of interaction between pharmacist and patient in our society, which worsens the public health because when pharmacist does not know about the problems of the patient, he will not be able to formulate those medicines, which can cure the patient and which are effective against patient’s disease. We need to enhance the interaction between pharmacist and patient. From conversation with a patient, a pharmacist must be able to identify and evaluate important health aspects which may need attention.
Why I choose Pharmacy?
I choose pharmacy as a profession because when I was a child I always remained curious to know that how this little piece of chemical having different attractive shapes and in different colorful coatings, is able to cure the ill person. This curiosity and passion to know more, urged me to get the knowledge behind this phenomenon and with the passage of time; my curiosity became a passion and then my profession.
History of Pharmacy
When we hear the word pharmacy, the question arises in our mind that what is the origin of pharmacy. I would like to tell you about the history of pharmacy, which will help you to develop interest in this profession.
Greeks were one of the first in this profession. Whenever civilization rose, we find a pharmacy because it fulfils one of man’s basic needs. This effort to grasp from nature for whatever might shield us from affliction was earlier a service before it came to be known as a profession. Pharmacy thus has a long history. Fossils from plants with medicinal properties have been found with the remains of Neanderthals, indicating that early man used these plants as drug around 50,000 BC.
The beginning of pharmacy is ancient. When the first person extracted juice from a succulent leaf to apply to a wound, this art was being practiced.
In the Greek legend, Asclepius, the god of the healing art, delegated to Hygieia, the duty of compounding his remedies. She was his apothecary or pharmacist. The physician of Egypt were divided into two classes,
- Those who visited the sick and
- Those who remained in the temple and prepare medicines for patients.
In ancient Greece and Rome and during the middle ages in Europe, the art of healing recognized a separation between the duties of the physician and those of the herbalist, who supplied the physician with the raw materials from which to make medicines. The Arabian influence in Europe during the 8th century AD, however brought about the practice of separate duties for the pharmacist and physician. The trend towards specialization was later reinforced by a law enacted by the city council of Bruges in 1683, forbidding physicians to prepare medications for their patients.
In America, Benjamin Franklin took a pivotal step in keeping the two professions separate when he appointed an apothecary to the Pennsylvania Hospital.
The development of pharmaceutical Industry since World War II led to the discovery and use of new and effective drug substance. It also changed the role of the pharmacist. The scope for extemporaneous compounding of medicines was much diminished and with it the need for the manipulative skills that were previously applied by the pharmacist to the preparation of bougies, cachets, pills and plasters. The pharmacist continuous, however to fulfill the prescriber’s intervention by providing advice and information by formulating scoring and providing correct dosage forms and by assuring the efficacy and quality of the dispensed or supplied medicinal products. Like many other health professions, pharmacy is changing and adapting to the latest methods for health care.
In the recent times
Gone are the days, when only being a doctor was considered as a noble profession as today pharmacist is also one of the noble and reputed professions you can enter in. The duty of the doctor is to analyze the patient, find out the cause of ailment and prescribe the medication. But the pharmacists are the people who conduct different researches and studies on various kind of drugs and provide you with right medication which are more effective, efficient and useful. Pharmacist is specialist and knowledgeable about:
- The composition of drug
- Properties of drug
- How drugs interact with the body
- Distribution of product in market, safe administration of drug therapy
If doctors are main actors then the pharmacist are like backstage artists, who make the show a success but like theater show doctor win the accolades and pharmacist remain un-notified but now this scenario is changing rapidly as career opportunity in pharmacy are expanding more and more. There are so many options in pharmacy, one of which you can choose as a career. Pharmacy is very vast field and has many career opportunities. If a man chooses pharmacy as his career he can make the Earth as his Heaven because the pharmacist can save the lives and those patients who recover from his formulated drugs give him prayers, which can make Earth like Heaven.
The conclusion is that we need a pharmacist for the betterment of public health. With an advent in the medical field the demand for pharmacist is increasing and the scope of applications of this field too is widening. But to become a pharmacist, it requires hard work, passion for the job, competency and kind heart and he should have sympathy for patient because if pharmacist is kind hearted, the patient feels easy to talk with him and a trusted relationship will develop.