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Deficiencies in clinical pharmacy curricula in developing Asian nations
  1. Tahir M Khan
  1. Correspondence to Tahir M Khan, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, King Faisal University, Eastern Region Al-ahsah, Al-hafoof 31859, Saudi Arabia; tahir.pks{at}

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In the 20th century, Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm-D) programmes have enhanced the role of the pharmacist in the provision of healthcare. In developed nations, the Pharm-D has not only increased the diversity of the curriculum but also made possible the participation of pharmacists in direct patient care. Most South Asian and South East Asian countries have also upgraded their pharmacy programmes to Pharm-D status. Such initiatives have challenged pharmacy institutions to develop new courses and teaching modules to equip future pharmacists with up-to-date clinical knowledge. However, during the design and review of curricula, certain aspects may be missed which can affect programme outcome. The aim of the current article is to identify these issues so that stakeholders can take immediate action.

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