Drug Information Services to Doctors of Karnataka

This article concentrates on utilization of the drug information center by doctors like pediatricians, general physicians, dermatologists, and gynecologists etc for drug information.

Impact of RDU training programme among doctors

To promote and evaluate Rational Use of Drugs (RUD) among doctors of ESIS, Bangalore published in The Pharma Review

Setting up of Hospital based Drug Information Center

This article described the basic requirements required to setup a independent / hospital based drug information center with its objectives.

Development and Use of an Independent Drug Information Centre in India

The Karnataka State Pharmacy Council established its Drug Information Centre in August 1997 to disseminate unbiased drug information to healthcare professionals. In March 2000, we undertook activities to promote the services provided by the drug information centre to health professionals and to patients. This has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of queries coming into the centre from all client groups. In 2000-01, almost half of the enquiries (47%) came from pharmacists, 30% from doctors and 19% from patients. Queries requiring patient counselling and literature searches were most common, followed by requests for information on product availability and identification, contraindications and safety, and the drug profile. Electronic databases were the most useful drug information resource.

Doctors’ Preference for the Location of a Drug Information Centre Leads to a Hospital-Based Clinical Pharmacy Initiative in India

This article describes the establishment of a department of clinical pharmacy practice in a government hospital in Bangalore, India. Doctors’ preferences were determined in a survey conducted during clinical meetings to introduce the concepts of clinical pharmacy, drug information services and adverse drug reaction monitoring. There were 388 responses; only 22% of the doctors were aware of clinical pharmacy services, 83% preferred a drug information service within a hospital (rather than an independent, external service), and none were aware of an adverse drug reaction monitoring program in their hospital. Based on the questionnaire and discussions with many doctors, a hospital-based drug information centre was established in 2001. At the same time, a Department of Pharmacy Practice was established jointly by Karnataka State Pharmacy Council, Al-Ameen College of Pharmacy and Victoria Hospital. The hospital now has a Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and an Adverse Drug Reactions Subcommittee. These groups have provided significant support to the pharmacists’ clinical activities.

Knowledge, attitudes & practice for TB among doc. in India

Article on Knowledge, attitudes & practice for TB among doc. in India published in International Pharmacy Journal

The Changing Status of Hospital Pharmacy Practice in India

This article is the result of an editorial merge between two articles on Indian hospital pharmacy; One article by Lakshmi and Basak, the other by Mohanta, Manna, Manavalan and Revikumar. Both articles contained valuable information that we would like our readers to know.

The Karnaka State Pharmacy Council Project

The drug information center by the Karnataka State Pharmacy Council was started in August 1997 to serve the hospitals of Karnataka by providing unbiased drug information to healthcare professionals. The center is also involved in training the hospital and community pharmacists of the state. The center had conducted many CE programs for hospital pharmacists in government and private hospitals and for community pharmacists of the state11. This project is to train hospital pharmacists in the latest disease management and counseling aspects in coordination with a private hospital. A training book, to be used by the hospital pharmacists of the state, is being prepared. During the project the usefulness of the book to the pharmacists will also be assessed.