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Hospital Pharmacy

  • Definition, scope, national and international scenario
  • Organisational structure
  • Professional responsibilities, Qualification and experience requirements, job specifications, work load requirements and inter professional relationships
  • Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) in hospital
  • Hospital Pharmacy Standards (FIP Basel Statements, AHSP)
  • Introduction to NABH Accreditation and Role of Pharmacists


Different Committees in the Hospital

  • Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee – Objectives, Composition and functions
  • Hospital Formulary -Definition, procedure for development and use of hospital formulary
  • Infection Control Committee – Role of Pharmacist in preventing Antimicrobial Resistance


Supply Chain and Inventory Control

  • Preparation of Drug lists – High Risk drugs, Emergency drugs, Schedule H1 drugs, NDPS drugs, reserved antibiotics
  • Procedures of Drug Purchases – Drug selection, short term, long term and tender/e-tender process, quotations, etc.
  • Inventory control techniques: Economic Order Quantity, Reorder Quantity Level, Inventory Turnover etc.
  • Inventory Management of Central Drug Store – Storage conditions, Methods of storage, Distribution, Maintaining Cold Chain, Devices used for cold storage (Refrigerator, ILR, Walk-in-Cold rooms) FEFO, FIFO methodse
  • Expiry drug removal and their disposal methods e.g., Narcotics
  • Documentation – purchase and inventory.


Drug distribution

  • Drug distribution (in- patients and out – patients) – Definition, advantages and disadvantages of
    individual prescription order method, Floor Stock Method, Unit Dose Drug Distribution Method, Drug
    Basket Method.
  • Distribution of drugs to ICCU/ICU/NICU/Emergency wards.
  • Automated drug dispensing systems and devices
  • Distribution of Narcotic and Psychotropic substances and their storage


Compounding in Hospitals.

Bulk compounding, IV admixture services and incompatibilities, Total parenteral nutrition


Radio Pharmaceuticals – Storage, dispensing and disposal of radiopharmaceuticals


Application of computers in Hospital Pharmacy Practice, Electronic health records, Softwares used in hospital pharmacy


Clinical Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacy: Definition, scope and development – in India and other countries, Technical definitions, common terminologies used in clinical settings and their significance such as Paediatrics, Geriatric, Antenatal Care, Post-natal Care, etc.

Daily activities of clinical pharmacists: Definition, goal and procedure of

  • Ward round participation
  • Treatment Chart Review
  • Adverse drug reaction monitoring
  • Drug information and poisons information
  • Medication history
  • Patient counselling
  • Interprofessional collaboration

Pharmaceutical care: Definition, classification of drug related problems. Principles and procedure to provide pharmaceutical care Medication Therapy Management, Home Medication Review


Clinical laboratory tests used in the evaluation of disease states – significance and interpretation of test results

  • Haematological, Liver function, Renal function,
    thyroid function tests
  • Tests associated with cardiac disorders
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Pulmonary Function Tests


Poisoning: Types of poisoning: Clinical manifestations and Antidotes
Drugs and Poison Information Centre and their services – Definition, Requirements, Information resources with examples, and their advantages and disadvantages


Pharmacovigilance: Definition, aim and scope

Overview of Pharmacovigilance


  • Medication errors: Definition, types, consequences, and strategies to minimize medication errors, LASA drugs and Tallman lettering as per ISMP
  • Drug Interactions: Definition, types, clinical significance of drug interactions