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Integrating science into practice

I agree with other correspondents that science is integral to pharmacy practice but we also need to balance our application-to-practice credentials with our scientific background.

More than once I have had to go back to the basics of my science background to understand and think about solutions to every day practice events. I would also like to think my scientific background prevents me from being relegated to a one-trick NHS prescription dispensing pony, a shopkeeper supplying medicines like ordinary items of commerce, or being akin to a fast food chain dishing out medicines instead of burgers. Without our scientific background, community pharmacists like me would be nothing more than a set of expensive accredited checking technicians.

Perhaps the pointless and useless registration assessment that most of us have sat can be changed to have more relevance and reflect how science plays a part in our every day practice. This will help showcase the importance of science in practice.

Additionally, I am excited about the new Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) museum, which will open next year when the RPS moves to 66 East Smithfield, East London. I think it will highlight to members and the general public how science is integrated into the everyday practice of pharmacists.


Sid Dajani




Mr Dajani is Treasurer of the RPS. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Society. 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20066926

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