The Pharmacy Council of India recently has issued the Pharmacy Practice (Amendment) Regulations, 2021 to further amend the Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015.
The amendment lays down the duty of the Drug Information Pharmacist in the Drug Information Centre in Hospitals:
a)provide information and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage and proper medication storage to patients, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals;
(i) provide drug information to patients, caregivers, and health care professionals;
(ii) create and maintain currency of a variety of print and online educational resources for patients, namely, tip sheets, pamphlets and health care material such as in-service documents, newsletters on topics namely, optimal medication use, general health, or select clinical questions;
(iii) educate health care professionals on safe and effective medication-use, policies and processes, including development of resources to communicate these informations;
(iv) lead or participate in continuing education services for health care professionals;
(v) precept and educate pharmacy students and residents;
(vi) participate in quality improvement research projects and drug cost analysis; (vii) contribute to the biomedical literature, and
(viii) provide peer review for other contributors.