Clinical Pharmacists on Medication Therapy Management: Description of India’s Present Scenario


  • Nikita Pal Department of Pharmacy Practice, NIMS Institute of Pharmacy, NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
  • Shambaditya Goswami Department of Pharmacy, NIMS Institute of Pharmacy, NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
  • Ravindra Pal Singh Department of Pharmacy, NIMS Institute of Pharmacy, NIMS University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
  • MV Kumudhavalli Department of Chemistry, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (Deemed to be University), Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.


Objective: The present review describes and analyzes the role of clinical pharmacists in the Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services.
Clinical Pharmacists in MTM Services: Medication Therapy Management (MTM) mainly focuses on patients and their therapy. This service engirds the evaluation and appraisal of patient’s therapeutic regimen and the Clinical pharmacists play a key role in this service which include:
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting, medication error prevention, medication adherence, drug and poison information, drug utilization review and evaluation and last but not the least, the most important thing is patient counselling.
Conclusion: Clinical Pharmacists have a greater knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. It can surely improve the patient’s therapeutic outcome and turn down the morbidity rate along with hospital expenditures. Government sectors are facing a lack of healthcare workers. So, the recruitments of Clinical Pharmacists in govt. healthcare sectors might fulfil the shortage of healthcare workers and work as an expert in medication therapy management and disease state management also.

How to cite this article: Pal N, Goswami S, Singh RP et al. Clinical Pharmacists on Medication Therapy Management: Description of India’s Present Scenario. Rec Trends Pharm Tech Ind 2020; 2(1): 1-4.


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