International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 191–194 | Cite as

Medical care and drug-related problems: Do doctors and pharmacists speak the same language?

  • J. W. Foppe van MilEmail author
  • Tommy Westerlund
  • Lawrence Brown
  • Timothy F. Chen
  • Martin Henman
  • Kurt Hersberger
  • James McElnay
  • Martin Schulz


Optimal communication between physicians and pharmacists is important for patient care. However, pharmacists and doctors do not always seem to understand each other. They have been professionalized differently, and do not always speak the same language. Especially in the areas of prescribing, medication review, and medicine use, there can be differences in views. This contribution clarifies some essential concepts that doctors and pharmacists use. Thus we hope that our commentary contributes to a better understanding of each other's role and the importance of interprofessional cooperation for the benefit of the patient.


Concepts Drug-related problems Medication errors Medicine Pharmacy Terminology 



This commentary was created without special funding.

Conflicts of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest, but the opinions or assertions in this article are the personal professional views of the authors and are not to be construed as official or as necessarily reflecting the views of the employers, or organisations to which they are affiliated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Foppe van Mil
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tommy Westerlund
    • 1
  • Lawrence Brown
    • 1
  • Timothy F. Chen
    • 1
  • Martin Henman
    • 1
  • Kurt Hersberger
    • 1
  • James McElnay
    • 1
  • Martin Schulz
    • 1
  1. 1.Van Mil ConsultancyZuidlarenThe Netherlands

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