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Clinical Pharmacy: Course Outline (611-VA)

Clinical pharmacy is the branch of Pharmacy where pharmacists provide patient care that optimizes the use of medication and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention.

Course Outline

General introduction to clinical pharmacy

  • Introduction to clinical pharmacy and related terms, definition, basic components, comparison with other clinical fields, scope of services.
  • General guidelines for clinical pharmacy practice.
  • Patient counseling compliance
  • Laboratory data interpretation
  • Electrolytes management
  • Clinical literature evaluation
  • Drug interactions
  • Medication errors

Patient profile & patient counseling

  1. Patient disease profile
  2. Taking case history
  3. Drug profile of atleast 25 important medications e.g.
  4. Adrenaline
  5. Aminoglycosides
  6. Anti TB drugs
  7. Antiepileptics
  8. Atropine
  9. Benzodiazepines
  10. Cepahlosporins
  11. Chlorpheniramine
  12. Cimetidine
  13. Digoxin
  14. Dobutamine
  15. Dopamine
  16. Fluroquinolone
  17. Frusemide
  18. Lactulose
  19. Macrolides
  20. Metoclopramide
  21. Morphine/Pethedine
  22. Nifedipine
  23. NSAIDS
  24. ORS
  25. Penicillins
  26. Prednisolone
  27. Salbutamol
  28. Vancomycin

Patient Counseling


Course Outline

Clinical trials of drug substances

  • Designing of clinical trials
  • Types of trials
  • Choice of patients
  • Exclusion of patients and monitoring a clinical trial

Emergency treatment

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) cold blue

Drug interactions

  • Mechanism
  • Physiological factors affecting interaction
  • Types and level of drug interactions
  • Role of pharmacist in evaluating drug interaction & its management


  1. Scope definition and aims of pharmacovigilance
  2. Adverse drug reactions and side effects
  • Classification
  • Excessive pharmacological response
  • Idiosyncrasy
  • Secondary pharmacological effects
  • Allergic drug reactions
  • Detection
  • Management of ADR

Reporting of ADR in light of international health monitoring system


Text Books

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