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Evaluation of pharmaceutical compounding training in the Australian undergraduate pharmacy curricula


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Kosari, S, Buss, VH, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882, Yee, KC, Naunton, M, Bushell, M, Chiu, L and Thomas, J 2020 , 'Evaluation of pharmaceutical compounding training in the Australian undergraduate pharmacy curricula' , Pharmacy, vol. 8, no. 1 , pp. 1-7 , doi: 10.3390/pharmacy8010027.

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Introduction: In recent decades the role of the Australian community pharmacist hasevolved to focus primarily on pharmaceutical care provision. Despite this, compounding remainsan important product service offered by pharmacists. The aim of this study was to qualitativelydescribe the current integration of training in compounding within Bachelor of Pharmacy courses inAustralia. Methods: The Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency website was searchedto identify eligible university courses. Subsequently, the educational providers’ homepages wereconsulted, and Bachelor of Pharmacy handbooks and curricula perused. All relevant informationregarding training in compounding was extracted. Results: In total, 16 Bachelor of Pharmacy courseswere identified. All of these contain compounding training in their curricula, including laboratoryclasses. Most curricula have units specifically dedicated to compounding and drug formulation.Three universities offer a curriculum which is organ-systems based, and include compoundingrelevant to the individual organ systems. Discussion and Conclusions: In Australia, the training incompounding is well integrated into pharmacy curriculum and is more emphasised than in manyother developed countries. This is congruent with the International Pharmaceutical Federation’sneeds-based approach to local pharmacy education. In Australia there is a need for pharmacists toroutinely dispense simple compounded products. Further research is required to evaluate Australianpharmacy graduates’ compounding abilities and how best to promote the achievement of the requiredknowledge and skills to enable simple compounding.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Kosari, S and Buss, VH and Peterson, GM and Yee, KC and Naunton, M and Bushell, M and Chiu, L and Thomas, J
Keywords: pharmacy education, pharmacy curriculum, extemporaneous dispensing, compounding
Journal or Publication Title: Pharmacy
Publisher: MDPI AG
ISSN: 2226-4787
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/pharmacy8010027
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Copyright 2020 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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