Clinical pharmacist's interventions in Iraqi hospitals
Haidar Kadhim Al-Jawadi, Noor Najim Alwiswasi, Zinah Abdulhameed Al-Obaidi
Pharmaceutical sciences mainly deal with drugs, their discovery, formulation, and healthcare delivery. Pharmacy, as a profession, deals with drug compounding, labeling, and dispensing, to reach optimal therapeutic outcomes. Clinical pharmacy is the discipline related to use of medications by patients, as well as monitoring, intervention and provision of services related to their use; hence, clinical pharmacists are those who are dedicated to these responsibilities, and so they are considered as team members involved in the provision of health care. Clinical pharmacy in Iraq is one of the pioneers in the region; however the activities of clinical pharmacists had little documentation to highlight their efforts. This paper focuses on the documented scientific activities of the first year clinical pharmacy program trainees regarding interventions made by them being members of the clinical team. The results highlight the fact that close relationship among clinical pharmacists, doctors, nurses and patients should improve patient’s use of medicines reaching to the rational use of drugs.