Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pharmacy Practice 1

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION - History of pharmacy

- Introduction to pharmacy literature and medical information

- Medicine presentation and medicine administration Treating medicines with respect: Occurrence of side effects and drug interactions, pharmacovigilance and adverse drug reaction reporting, drug product development in the pharmaceutical industry Community pharmacy practice The community pharmacy Dispensing prescriptions

- Communication and counselling skills

- Compliance and concordance

- Point-of-Care testing

- Medicines used in the treatment of: infections, cardiovascular disorders, hypertension, pain, respiratory system disorders, ear, nose and throat disorders, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, skin disorders

- Drugs affecting the Autonomic Nervous System Medicine Action Clinical Toxicology

- Mathematical Principles of drug therapy

- Use of reference books in pharmacy as a source of drug information Research Methodology: References and bibliography

- Participation at the yearly pharmacy symposium and discussion on the presentations Practical experience in a community pharmacy: receiving of prescriptions and the dispensing of medicines, recording prescriptions, experience in recording purchases of narcotic and psychotropic drugs, the application of laws and regulations relating to community pharmacy, application of accepted standards of professional conduct and practice, ordering, storage and stock control of medicines, the supply of non-medicinal products.

Study unit aims:

o to introduce areas of practice for pharmacy
o to develop skills in handling pharmaceutical and medical literature
o to develop skills in pharmaceutical calculations
o to familiarize with principles in the safe and effective use and handling of medicinal products
o to present classification of medicinal products
o to provide students with practical experience in a community pharmacy

Learning outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study unit, the student will be able to:

o identify developments in the history of pharmacy
o classify drugs used in the treatment of infections, cardiovascular disease, pain respiratory system disorders, ear, nose and throat disorders, disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and skin disorders
o describe pharmacy processes in a community pharmacy

2. Skills
By the end of the study unit, the student will be able to:

o utilise communication and informational skills required for effective patient counselling
o participate in dispensing of prescription and non-prescription medicines
o approach pharmaceutical calculations with application to drug delivery and patient care
o select and interpret pharmaceutical and medical literature

General bibliography for pharmacy practice module:

o Azzopardi L (ed). Lecture notes in pharmacy practice. 2009. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary. (Edition: 60 September 2010) Pharmaceutical Press: London.
o Medical Dictionary
o Azzopardi, L. Validation instruments for community pharmacy: Pharmaceutical care for the third millennium. 2000. Binghamton, USA: Pharmaceutical Products Press.
o Sweetman, S.. Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference. London: Pharmaceutical Press. (Thirty-sixth edition)
o ASHP. Medication Teaching Manual: The Guide to Patient Information. Bethesda: nASHP. latest edn
o Monthly Index of Medical Specialties (MIMS) Haymarket Medical Ltd: London (latest edn)
o Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Medicines, ethics and practice - a guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. London: Pharmaceutical Press. (Edition: 34 July 2010)
o Code of Ethics, Pharmacy Board, Malta.
o ABPI: Data Sheet Compendium, Walker G. Datapharm Publication: UK (latest ed.)
o Macarthur D. The growing influence of the pharmacist in Europe. 1995. London: Financial Times Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Publishing.
o Zayed, H, Manning, S. Primary Care: a profile of the major European Markets. 1995. London: Financial Times Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Publishing.

Main texts:

o Whalley BJ, Fletcher KE, Weston SM, Howard RL, Rawlinson CF. Foundation in Pharmacy Practice, 2008. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o Waterfield J. Community Pharmacy Handbook. 2008. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Harman RJ. Development and Control of Medicines and Medical Devices. 2004. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Henry JA. The new guide to medicines and drugs. London: British Medical Association. Latest edition.
o Blenkinsopp, A, Panton, R, Anderson, C. Health Promotion for pharmacists. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2002.
o Tindall, WN, Beardsley, RS, KIMBERLIN CL. Communication skills in pharmacy practice. 1994. Pennsylvania: Lea & Febiger.
o Burnard P. Counselling skills for health professionals. 1994. London: Chapman & Hall.
o Kiley, R. Medical information on the internet: a guide for health professionals. London: Churchill Livingstone. 2000.
o Shargel L, Mutnick AH, Souney PF, Swanson LN. Comprehensive Pharmacy Review. USA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Latest Edition.
o Rees JA, Smith IA, Introduction to Pharmaceutical Calculations 2010. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Stuart A. Making Medicines: A brief history of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. 2005. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Gard P. A Behavioural Approach to Pharmacy Practice. 2000. London: Blackwell Science.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Tutorial and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook SEM2 Yes 5%
Online Examination (3 Hours) SEM2 Yes 95%

LECTURER/S Lilian M. Azzopardi
Anthony Serracino Inglott

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