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|Title: ||Roles and Responsibilities of Pharmacists with Respect to Natural Health Products: Stakeholder Interviews|
|Authors: ||Olatunde, Shade|
|Advisor: ||Boon, Heather|
|Department: ||Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|Keywords: ||natural health product|
|Issue Date: ||30-Jul-2008|
|Abstract: ||Background: Although many pharmacies sell natural health products (NHPs), there is no clear definition as to the responsibilities (if any) of pharmacists towards these products.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore and compare pharmacy and stakeholder leaders’ perceptions of pharmacists’ professional NHP responsibilities.
Methods: Semi-structured key informant interviews were conducted with pharmacy leaders and stakeholder leaders representing: consumers, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, conventional healthcare practitioners, and industry across Canada.
Results: Nearly all participants believed safety monitoring was a key responsibility of pharmacists. One challenge identified was pharmacists’ general lack of NHP knowledge. Stakeholder leaders did not expect pharmacists to be NHP experts, but should have a basic level of education on NHPs. Many pharmacy leaders seemed unfamiliar with current pharmacy NHP policies.
Conclusion: Participants described pharmacists’ professional responsibilities for NHPs as similar to those for over-the-counter drugs. More awareness of existing NHP-related pharmacy policies is needed.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy - Master theses
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