oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - It is the outcome that counts, not the intervention : president's message



As pharmacists, we have been trained on drugs; on their pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic effects, side-effects, chemical composition and how to look for drug-drug, drug-food and drug-genetic interactions. When we have consulted with the patient and determined the best possible treatment, he or she walks out of the door of the pharmacy, and we feel satisfied that we have achieved the best that is possible in the patient's interests, and consider it a job well done. But is it? Does our professional responsibility stop when that patient leaves the door? It does not seem to be the case at all.


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