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Workshop on newer challenges for a responsible pharmacist

Aug 19, 2011 3:05:10 PM - www.ft.lk

MARKSS HEALTHCARE under its Corporate Citizenship Programme themed MARKSS Wellness Campaign conducted a workshop for pharmacists from many parts of the island on newer challenges for a responsible pharmacist.
The thematic lecture was delivered by Chula Edirisinghe, one of the most renowned and experienced pharmacists from Cosmetic Devices and Drugs Authority.

Edirisinghe brought his wealth of knowledge and exposure to this forum where he encompassed areas like new development both in technical and policy fronts. He was the ideal person to cover these areas as he is actively involved in regulation, policy and technical decision making as a key member of Drugs Evaluatory Sub Committee.

Edirisinghe spoke of the numerous molecules and combinations of drugs available today in the market place. He reiterated the importance of pharmacists regularly and frequently getting updated on the new development in this aspect. Further he said that there is always a newer finding on the existing drugs. Sometimes a new indication, contra indication or a new interaction is found almost every day. So it is vital that the pharmacist stays abreast on these developments as and when they happen.
In the discussion Edirisinghe made a presentation on mechanisms of action for many commonly used drugs and their interactions with other frequently prescribed medicines.
Further he emphasised on the need to understand the changing role of the pharmacist from traditional dispenser to a more dynamic educator and promoter of patient’s wellbeing.
Commenting on the event, Medical Director of MARKSS Dr. S. Mahakalanda said: “The pharmacist is probably the most important link in a chain of patient care. He is the person who gets to interact with the patient last, and in the most conclusive manner. So his role can never be undermined in achieving optimal health care delivery. Programmes as these will help the pharmacists in appreciating and enhancing that very role of his.”
Also present among the directors and management of MARKSS was MARKSS Managing Director Rajiv Nanayakkara who mentioned his gratitude to all the 43 pharmacists who participated and especially to Edirisinghe who made such a valuable and a timely lecture. All the participants were awarded with certificates of participation by Nanayakkara.

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