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The Changing Face of Pharmacy

 The Changing Face of Pharmacy

"'If you want to explain any poison properly, what then is not a poison? All things are poison, nothing is without poison; the dose alone causes a thing not to be poison.' These were the words of Paracelsus, a physician in the 16th century in his contribution to what is now recognized as toxicology in the medical field. He was challenging, against significant ridicule and resistance from his fellow physicians, the irrational concoctions and mixtures that were prescribed then without any regard to what the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) should be.

Fast forward to the 21st century and similar concerns of resisting change still plague the medical and pharmaceutical profession. Dr. Tabeteh Frunjang Gerald of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (CBCHS) states that despite the simplistic view of the pharmacy profession that exists among a huge proportion of our populations -especially in the developing world – as that of simply dispensing medicines over the counter, the pharmacy profession has metamorphosized over the years and it is prudent that all pharmacists and pharmaceutical technologists keep abreast with new information while being open, at all times, to new ideas, scientific and technological advances in the field."

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By Tabeteh Frunjang Gerald, PhD
Source: EPN e-Pharmalink 1/2017
Photo: EPN website

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