Practical Pharmaceutics book pdf

An International Guideline for the Preparation, Care and Use of Medicinal Products

The core role of a pharmacist is and has always been to supply the patient with the most appropriate medicines according to their needs. Patients have differing needs. Not all patients fit the ‘normal profile’ upon which the efficiencies of scale allow the pharmaceutical industry to mass produce medicines. A significant proportion of patients require medicines to be specifically made to suit their needs.1 The pharmaceutical art of preparing medicines should be seen in the social context of guaranteeing the availability of necessary medicines to patients. The Council of Europe Resolution on pharmacy preparation2 considered the preparation of medicinal products in pharmacies as indispensable for accommodating the special needs of individual patients in Europe.
Another reason for preparing in pharmacies is the fact that the pharmaceutical industry has become so international and many of the smaller national industries have been swallowed up in the process that any small effect on the supply chain leads to the observed shortages now felt in all countries around the world.
For several years pharmacists in many European countries have felt the need for knowledge, information and guidelines on the practice of preparation in the pharmacy. This was clearly put forward by experts from many European countries at the EDQM symposium on European Cooperation and Synergy and at the BEAM compounding course.3 During this course it was agreed that the knowledge for the preparative pharmacist were contained in the Dutch book Recepteerkunde and that this book could be used as a base for a European wide textbook on preparation in pharmacies.
The aim of Practical Pharmaceutics is to offer:
• Basic knowledge for undergraduate and graduate pharmacy students.
• Practical knowledge on the design and preparation of medicines for the pharmacists
responsible for preparations in community and hospital pharmacies.
• Basic knowledge for the Qualified Person (QP) in industry and all pharmacists involved in
quality assurance.
• Product knowledge for all pharmacists working directly with patients, to enable them to make the appropriate medicine available, to store medicines properly, to adapt medicines if necessary and to dispense medicines with the appropriate information to inform patients and caregivers about product care and how to maintain their quality. This basic knowledge will also be of help to industrial pharmacist to remind and focus them on the application of the medicines manufactured.

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