Medical Staff The Pharmacy Department is staffed with a full-time Manager Pharmacy, two Senior Pharmacists, Nine full-time staff Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Support Officers.
Facilities & Services The Pharmacy Department is a full service centralized inpatient hospital pharmacy. Services are provided for all inpatients as well as those patients served by our outpatient service departments and clinics.
|A restricted Hospital Formulary approved by the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and the Medical Staff is used within the hospital. The Pharmacy Department maintains a complete and comprehensive computerized patient drug profile on all patients. A unit dose drug distribution system is used throughout the hospital with computerized dispensing cabinets to reduce the potential for medication errors. Clinical consultations are provided for patients and physicians as requested. Although drugs are commodities which have significant implications for cost, the effectiveness and safety of their use in all patients is one of the most important components of health care. As such, the appropriate, safe, and cost-effective use of drugs is the primary concern of the pharmacy. Specifically, the department of pharmacy is responsible for:
The Department of Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical care to both inpatients and outpatients. Clinical pharmacists function as integral members of health care teams at SKMCH&RC, working with physicians to achieve desired therapeutic outcomes, prevent or minimize drug-related problems, and improve medication use. Currently, 2 clinical pharmacists, including 2 new positions added in a year 2009 (in all areas of SKMCH&RC), practice full time providing direct patient care services, work collaboratively with other health care professionals and direct the control of medication administration and drug distribution in the ward. In addition, an online clinical pharmacy practice module implemented at SKMCH&RC. This module expands the role of the clinical pharmacist beyond pharmacy operations, enabling them to participate in direct patient care activities.
- The specifications of quality for procurement of all drugs
- The preparation and distribution of all drugs.
- The control and management of drug costs.
- The monitoring and assurance of quality of drug use.
- The evaluation of drug literature and the communication of drug and disease related information.
- The application of professional and scientific principles in the selection, use, administration and monitoring of drug effectiveness for all patients.
Pharmacists actively participate in the development, implementation and enforcement of drug use guidelines, policies and procedures, help to ensure appropriate use of high-risk medications, and serve on quality improvement committees throughout the institution. Specific departmental programs help assure cost-effective and appropriate use of high-risk or high-cost medications.
Another feature, which distinguishes our Pharmacy department from the rest, is the ability to provide Total Parental Nutrition to those patients who are not on natural diet. The SKMCH&RC Pharmacy also provides this service to other hospitals, which don’t have this facility. The pharmacy department provides comprehensive leadership within the hospital for any and all matters relating to drugs or drug therapy. It is the mission of the pharmacy to excel in the provision of pharmaceutical care to our community and hospital.
Department of Pharmacy takes keen interest in providing training and educational services that can be gauged from the periodical Pharmacy News Letter and the compiled Hospital Formulary. We have a comprehensive Internship program for fresh pharmacy graduate from various Universities of the country as well as foreign Pharmacists.
Pharmacy Internship Program – KDC Karachi
Pharmacy is actively involved and participated in all clinical research studies conducted at SKMCH&RC. Pharmacy is responsible to manage the drug storage, preparation, dispensing and drug accountability.
Department of Pharmacy also conducted in-house research including medication errors, drug utilization review; clinical efficacy of new drug added in the formulary and also headed patient care related research in collaboration with local universities scholars.
Awards, Certifications & AffiliationsThe Department of Pharmacy is ISO certified and working towards Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA)