Volume 8, Number 18, January - March, 2016

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The present article is aimed to improve the quality of pharmacy education and research in India and various steps to be taken for enhancing the quality in pharma education. Quality in business, engineering and manufacturing has a pragmatic interpretation as the non-inferiority or superiority of something; it is also defined as fitness for purpose. Quality is a perceptual, conditional, and somewhat subjective attribute and may be understood differently by different people. The current era of globalization has witnessed evolution in the professions of the health sector, especially in pharmacy. Whereas previously the pharmacist worldwide was seen as responsible primarily for manufacturing and supplying medicines, today the pharmacist's role has evolved towards a clinical orientation. The profession is still under continuous transition. With change in the health demands, pharmacists have a further role to play in patient care. The precise role of a pharmacist in the health setting is altering and varies significantly from country to country. In contrast to the developed world, pharmacists in developing countries are not fully executing their potential role. They are still struggling for the recognition of their role that can help to improve the health care system. Changes in quality pharmaceutical education meet the challenges and needs of the nation in the 21st century (Ref: Sri Venkateswara Rao V. Enhancing Quality of Pharmacy Education and Research to Meet Global Challenges. Discovery Pharmacy, 2016, 8(18), 1-7).

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Enhancing Quality of Pharmacy Education and Research to Meet Global Challenges

Sri Venkateswara Rao V

The present article is aimed to improve the quality of pharmacy education and research in India and various steps to be taken for enhancing the quality in pharma education. Quality in business, engineering and manufacturing has a pragmatic interpretation as the non-inferiority or superiority of something; it is also defined as fitness for purpose. Quality is a perceptual, conditional, and somewhat subjective attribute and may be understood differently by different people. The current era of globalization has witnessed evolution in the professions of the health sector, especially in pharmacy. Whereas previously the pharmacist worldwide was seen as responsible primarily for manufacturing and supplying medicines, today the pharmacist's role has evolved towards a clinical orientation. The profession is still under continuous transition. With change in the health demands, pharmacists have a further role to play in patient care. The precise role of a pharmacist in the health setting is altering and varies significantly from country to country. In contrast to the developed world, pharmacists in developing countries are not fully executing their potential role. They are still struggling for the recognition of their role that can help to improve the health care system. Changes in quality pharmaceutical education meet the challenges and needs of the nation in the 21st century.

Discovery Pharmacy, 2016, 8(18), 1-7

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