(a) Hospital and Its Organization:
Definition, classification of hospital - primary, secondary and tertiary hospitals, classification based on
clinical and non-clinical basis, organization structure of a hospital, and medical staffs involved in the
hospital and their functions.
(b) Hospital Pharmacy and Its Organization:
Definition, functions of hospital pharmacy, organization structure, location, layout and staff requirements,
and responsibilities and functions of hospital pharmacists.
(c) Adverse Drug Reaction:
Classifications - excessive pharmacological effects, secondary pharmacological effects, idiosyncrasy,
allergic drug reactions, genetically determined toxicity, toxicity following sudden withdrawal of drugs,
drug interactions - beneficial interactions, adverse interactions, and pharmacokinetic drug interactions,
methods for detecting drug interactions, spontaneous case reports and record linkage studies, and
adverse drug reaction reporting and management.
(d) Community Pharmacy:
Organization and structure of retail and wholesale drug store, types and design, legal requirements for
establishment and maintenance of a drug store, dispensing of proprietary products, maintenance of
records of retail and wholesale drug store.
(a) Drug Distribution System in a Hospital:
Dispensing of drugs to inpatients, types of drug distribution systems, charging policy and labelling,
dispensing of drugs to ambulatory patients, and dispensing of controlled drugs.
(b) Hospital Formulary:
Definition, contents of hospital formulary, differentiation of hospital formulary and drug list, preparation
and revision, and addition and deletion of drugs from hospital formulary.
(c) Therapeutic Drug Monitoring:
Need for therapeutic drug monitoring, factors to be considered during the therapeutic drug monitoring,
and Indian scenario for therapeutic drug monitoring.
(d) Medication Adherence:
Causes of medication non-adherence, pharmacist role in the medication adherence, and monitoring of
patient medication adherence.
(e) Patient Medication History Interview:
Need for the patient medication history interview, medication interview forms.
(f) Community Pharmacy Management:
Financial, materials, staff, and infrastructure requirements.
(a) Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee:
Organization, functions, policies of the Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee in including drugs into
formulary, inpatient and outpatient prescription, automatic stop order, and emergency drug list preparation.
(b) Drug Information Services:
Drug and Poison information centre, sources of drug information, computerised services, and storage
and retrieval of information.
(c) Patient Counselling:
Definition of patient counselling, steps involved in patient counselling, and special cases that require the
(d) Education and Training Program in the Hospital:
Role of pharmacist in the education and training program, internal and external training program, services
to the nursing homes/clinics, code of ethics for community pharmacy, and role of pharmacist in the
interdepartmental communication and community health education.
(e) Prescribed Medication Order and Communication Skills:
with prescribers and patients.
(a) Preparation and Implementation:
Budget preparation and implementation
(b) Clinical Pharmacy:
Introduction to clinical pharmacy, concept of clinical pharmacy, functions and responsibilities of clinical
pharmacist, drug therapy monitoring - medication chart review, clinical review, pharmacist intervention,
ward round participation, medication history and pharmaceutical care.
Dosing pattern and drug therapy based on pharmacokinetic and disease pattern.
(c) Over the Counter (OTC) Sales:
Introduction and sale of over the counter, and rational use of common over the counter medications.
(a) Drug Store Management and Inventory Control:
Organisation of drug store, types of materials stocked and storage conditions, purchase and inventory
control, principles, purchase procedure, purchase order, procurement and stocking, economic order
quantity, reorder quantity level, and methods used for the analysis of the drug expenditure.
(b) Investigational Use of Drugs:
Description, principles involved, classification, control, identification, role of hospital pharmacist, advisory
(c) Interpretation of Clinical Laboratory Tests:
Blood chemistry, hematology, and urinalysis.