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THE PHARMA REVIEW APRIL - MAY 2007

Introduction to Nepal's First Medication Counseling Center

Dr. Pranaya Mishra, P. Subish

Abstract: The practice of pharmacy in Nepal has been very poor. Due to lack of trained pharmacists, drugs are mostly sold in private shops by people who have done only 72-hours orientation course for drug retailers and whole sellers provided by the Department of Drug Administration (DDA), the national drug controlling authority of Nepal. There is evidence that many retail drug shops are even not registered in the DDA and unauthorized persons are selling drugs. Some retailers even examine patients and prescribe drugs. There are also problems of selling unregistered products and expired medicines. There are about 16,500 pharmacy shops in Nepal. The concept of Pharmacy Practice is very new and not well developed in the country. Only tertiary care hospitals and teaching hospitals have their own hospital pharmacies. At the primary care level, the services of pharmacists are not available and drugs are dispensed either by paramedical staff or by non-technical staffs.

 
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