A new experimental community pharmacy internship module for undergraduate pharmacy students in western Nepal: overview and reflections.

Abstract

Community pharmacies in Nepal and other South Asian countries are in a mediocre state due to poor regulation and the fact that many pharmacies are run by people with insufficient training in dispensing. This has led to the inappropriate use of medicines. The problems due to poor regulation and the mediocre state of community pharmacies in South Asia encompass both academia and clinical practice. In this paper, a 2-week community pharmacy internship programme completed by 2 graduating pharmacy students of Pokhara University (a Nepalese public university) at Sankalpa Pharmacy, Pokhara, Nepal is illustrated. During the internship, they were systematically trained on store management, pharmaceutical care, counselling skills, the use of medical devices, pharmaceutical business plans, medicine information sources, and adverse drug reaction reporting. An orientation, observations and hands-on training, case presentation, discussion, and feedback from 2 senior pharmacists were used as the training method. A proper community pharmacy internship format, good pharmacy practice standards, and a better work environment for pharmacists may improve the quality of community pharmacies.

DOI: 10.3352/jeehp.2017.14.18

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@article{Timsina2017ANE, title={A new experimental community pharmacy internship module for undergraduate pharmacy students in western Nepal: overview and reflections.}, author={Sangita Timsina and Bhuvan K C and Dristi Adhikari and Alian A Alrasheedy and Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim and Atisammodavardhana Kaundinnyayana}, journal={Journal of educational evaluation for health professions}, year={2017}, volume={14}, pages={18} }