Pharmacy staff on ward rounds

29 September 2006

The editorial has emphasized important issues. In hospitals there should be adequate pharmacy staff to participate in ward rounds. I have tried, occasionally successfully for this to be carried out. Entirely due to lack of resources this was often difficult.

The advantages are

*Educates medical students and pre-registration doctors apart from consultants in the most appropriate drug to be prescribed
*Encourages pharmacists to be more clinically participatory in patient care
*Benefits patients through rational therapy and limits over prescribing
*Reduces expenditure on drugs

Competing interests: None declared

Competing interests: None declared

J Andrews, MD

Surrey

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