Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pharmacy Practice 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION - Geriatric Pharmacy Practice
- Paediatric Pharmacy Practice
- Drugs used in Pregnancy and Lactation
- Symptoms presented at the Community Pharmacy: ear disorders, abdominal disorders, perianal and perivulval pruritus, musculoskeletal disorders, skin disorders: face and scalp, dandruff, eczema, dermatitis and fungal skin infections.
- Foot Care
- Eye Care
- Oral and Dental Care
- Sleep
- Travel medicine and first aid
- Parapharmaceuticals and medical devices
- Wound management
- Primary care health services
- Community Pharmacy Management: principles of management of a community pharmacy, purchasing and inventory control, financial management
- Introduction to hospital pharmaceutical services
- Introduction to medicines regulatory affairs
- Medicine usage and patient needs, medication errors and patient safety
- Formulary Systems: Introduction to policies and procedures involved in running a formulary
- Complementary medicines
- Pharmacy Practice Research: The scientific approach, basic principles of research, ethics in research, research design, psychometric evaluation, sampling, report writing; participation at the yearly pharmacy symposium
- Practical experience in a community pharmacy

Study unit aims:

o to appreciate social and therapeutic factors involved in paediatric and geriatric pharmacy practice
o to examine contemporary health care delivery systems
o to review principles of pharmacy management and regulatory affairs
o to develop skills in responding to minor symptoms
o to provide students with practical experience in a community pharmacy

Learning Outcomes:

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

o recognize symptoms of minor ailments
o describe guidelines and standards of practice for the manufacture and distribution of medicines
o illustrate accounting principles, financial management and investment in pharmacy

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

o collect adequate patient data to make informed-decisions
o conduct systematic review prior to dispensing or recommending non-prescription medicines or medical devices
o Integrate critical and scientific thinking by applying problem-solving strategies


o Azzopardi L (ed). Lecture notes in pharmacy practice. 2009. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o Joint Formulary Committee British National Formulary. Pharmaceutical Press: London. (Edition: 60 September 2010)
o Medical Dictionary
o Azzopardi, L. Validation instruments for community pharmacy: Pharmaceutical carefor 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: ASHP.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. RPSGB: London. latest ed.
o Code of Ethics, Pharmacy Board, Malta.
o ABPI: Data Sheet Compendium, Walker G. Datapharm Publication: UK (latest ed.)

Main texts:

o Edwards C, Stillman P. Minor Illness or Major Disease: The Clinical Pharmacist in the Community. 2006. London. Pharmaceutical Press.
o Nathan A. Non-prescription medicines. 2010. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Lee A. Adverse drug reactions. 2006. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o Waterfield J. Community Pharmacy Handbook. 2008. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Harman R.J. Patient care in community practice - A handbook of non-medicinal healthcare. 2002. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o Goodyer LI. Travel Medicine for Health Professionals. 2004. London. Pharmaceutical Press
o Tootelian DH, Gaedeke RM. Essential of pharmacy management. 1993. St. Louis. Mosby
o Nathan A. FASTtrack: Managing Symptoms in the Pharmacy. 2007. London: Pharmaceutical Press
o MHRA,Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency. Good Pharmacovigilance Practice Guide. 2008. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Stephens M. Hospital Pharmacy. 2002. London. Pharmaceutical Press.
o Kayne SB. Pharmacy Business Management. 2004. London: Pharmaceutical Press.
o Rutter P. Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment. 2004. London: Churchill Livingstone.


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Tutorial, Practical and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook SEM2 Yes 5%
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 95%

LECTURER/S Lilian M. Azzopardi
Anthony Serracino Inglott

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