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Hospital pharmacy services in Pakistan
  1. Muhammad Majid Aziz1,
  2. Yu Fang1,
  3. Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar2,
  4. Muhammad Usman3
  1. 1Department of Pharmacy Administration and Clinical Pharmacy; School of Pharmacy, Health Science Center, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  2. 2Department of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
  3. 3Faculty of Pharmacy and Alternative Medicine, The Islamia University of Bhawalpur, Bhawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to Professor Yu Fang, Department of Pharmacy Administration and Clinical Pharmacy; School of Pharmacy, Health Science Center, Director, Center for Drug Safety and Policy Research, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, 710061, China; yufang{at}xjtu.edu.cn

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Pakistan launched the National Drug Policy (NDP) as an essential element of the National Health Policy (NHP) to achieve ‘health for all’ in 2000. According to the NDP, hospital pharmacy services need strengthening and should be established at the federal or provincial level. The NDP also stated that all teaching, divisional and district hospitals should have Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committees (P&TC).1 Historically, P&TC have had an effective role in improving safe and cost-effective usage of medicines. They also improve and implement the strategies for quality use of medicines. In Pakistan, small or medium size hospitals at divisional or district level lack P&TC; only few have …

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