Pharmaceutical Care in Tbilisi Pharmacies
Advances in Pharmacology and Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical care represents the patient-oriented future profession that is focused on identification, eradication and prevention of the problems connected to the drug treatment. The aim of the study was to detect the role of pharmacist in treatment. Thus it was necessary to find out doctors and pharmacists opinion about this topic. The method of the study was anonymous survey, of pharmacists and doctors. "Pharmaceutical care" in Tbilisi pharmacies was evaluated. We performed the analysis of
... ed the analysis of the statistical data from the anonymous questionnaires delivered to 30 pharmacists and 30 physicians. Concerning the character of the request, frequently it is connected to the drug selection which is issued without any prescription, according to the 95% (45% often +50% rarely) of the respondents, majority of the patients request the original medicine to be changed with the generic one, which is according to their opinion determined by the high price of the original medicine. On the question about how many patients are advised, 54% of the pharmacists responded that every day from 50-70 patients address them to select drug or give consultation concerning the drug treatment. On the question about how frequently are patients redirected to the doctors, according to the questioning that consists of 50 %, which means that half of the patients' needs consultation of the doctors and pharmacist warn them concerning this issue. For the reason to find the dependence of the doctors on pharmacist's care we made internet survey. 65% of doctors believe that patient care belongs exclusively to the physician and only 35% of responders agreed to share this function with the pharmacist. In conclusion for avoiding misunderstanding between physicians and pharmacists and also for solving other problems detected during this study it is necessary to upgrade the qualification of pharmacists in clinical issues.