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Pharmacists warned against unauthorized license display and absenteeism at work

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Pharmacists in Ghana have been warned against displaying their licences in facilities and leaving them in the care of unauthorised persons while working elsewhere. The Pharmacy Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) have deemed this practice unacceptable and have advised members against such practices.

During an induction ceremony for 625 newly qualified and registered pharmacists in Accra, the President of the PSGH, Samuel Kow Donkor, reminded pharmacists of their legal obligation to oversee the dispensation of prescription-only and pharmacist-only medicines. He stressed that pharmacists who hang their licences in facilities and work in absentia without making arrangements for other pharmacists to stand in are frowned upon by the Pharmacy Council and PSGH.

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Pharmaceutical care is the obligation of pharmacists, and ultimately, the goal is to deliver the best care to patients. The newly inducted pharmacists were urged to improve upon their competences, knowledge, and abilities, especially in new medications, devices, and technology, to remain relevant at all times in an ever-changing profession and world.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, highlighted the critical role that pharmacists play in healthcare delivery and urged them to reflect on how they can align their roles with contemporary technological advancements. The Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Council, Doris Fosu-Hemaa Addae-Afoakwa, also encouraged the use of technology in the practice of pharmacy to enhance service delivery and ensure that pharmacists remain relevant at all times.

Pharmacists were reminded to adhere strictly to the highest standards of the profession by the Registrar of the Pharmacy Council, Dr Audu Rauf. He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital health technologies and has accelerated their adoption and development.

For the most part, the message to pharmacists in Ghana is to be mindful of their legal obligations and to keep up with technological advancements in the industry to deliver the best care to patients. Digitalisation of pharmacy practice would enhance access to pharmaceutical services and healthcare, improve efficiency and quality of care delivery, and ultimately improve patient outcomes. In a nutshell, pharmacists are an integral part of Ghana’s healthcare system and must continue to strive for excellence in their profession.

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