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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 33, Issue 4, pp 591–596 | Cite as

Initiation of social pharmacy research in Nepal: our experiences

  • Subish PalaianEmail author
  • Arjun Poudel
  • Kadir Alam
  • Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Pranaya Mishra
Commentary

Abstract

Nepal experiences several medicine-use problems like any other developing country. In the recent years, there have been initiatives to introduce the concept of social pharmacy in Nepal, and there has been only a limited research in this area. The staff members at the Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara have shown keen interest in initiating several social pharmacy-related researches in the country. The members of this institute have been collaborating with two international universities, namely Universiti Sains Malaysia located in Malaysia and Chulalongkorn University located in Thailand, to get academic and technical supports. In this manuscript, the authors share their experiences in initiating social pharmacy research in the country. Authors have also mentioned the priority areas of social pharmacy research in Nepal and the importance of initiating this concept in the country.

Keywords

Drug-use problems Drug utilization Nepal Social pharmacy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Authors acknowledge Mr. Saval Khanal from the Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy at School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, for reviewing the initial version of the manuscript and suggesting modifications.

Funding

None.

Conflicts of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Subish Palaian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arjun Poudel
    • 2
  • Kadir Alam
    • 3
    • 4
  • Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim
    • 5
  • Pranaya Mishra
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyCollege of Medical SciencesBharatpurNepal
  2. 2.Department of PharmacyValley College of Technical Sciences, Purbanchal UniversityKathmanduNepal
  3. 3.Department of PharmacologyManipal College of Medical SciencesPokharaNepal
  4. 4.Department of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  5. 5.Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of PharmacyQassim UniversityBuraidahSaudi Arabia

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