The responsibilities for ensuring the safe, effective and rational use of medicines lies with pharmacists. Around the world, community (or retail) pharmacists are trained and educated to counsel patients in correct use of medicines and to promote good health.
What is dispensing? The dispensing is all the activities that occur from the time a patient presents a prescription to a pharmacist until the time medicines are issued to the patient. Therefore, dispensing may be defined as the supply of medicine(s) to an individual patient in response to a prescription and must be undertaken by or under direct supervision of a pharmacist. It involves critically examining the prescription, selecting the correct medicine(s), calculating the right amount of the medicine(s), preparing and labeling of the medicine(s) for use by the patient. Pharmacists need to ensure that the patients have understood all the instructions necessary for them to take their medicines correctly.
Dispensing is an important job – Dispensing is not only a very important but also can be a very difficult process. The objective of the dispensing is supply of medications of assured quality with proper advise. Inappropriate or incorrect dispensing can undo many of the benefits of the modern medicine treatments. The proper medication must be dispensed to the patient and the patient must instructed/advised to comply with therapy for the intended beneficial effects of modern medicines.