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Abstract

AWARENESS AMONG POSTGRADUATE PHARMACY STUDENTS ABOUT PHARMACOECONOMICS AND ITS APPLICATION: A QUESTIONNAIRE BASED OBSERVATIONAL STUDY

Mahaveer, Pankaj and Lalit Kumar*

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Objective: Pharmacoeconomics (PE) identifies, measures, and compares the costs and consequences of drug therapy to healthcare systems and society. In recent years pharmacoeconomics field has grown up. Mainly post graduate students of pharmacy joins the health economics and outcome research (basically related to pharmacoeconomics) organizations and they can also help to implement the pharmacoeconomics in research area and at country level also. Hence it is essential that they should be aware of the concept of pharmacoeconomics. The main objective was to check the awareness of the post graduate pharmacy students about pharmacoeconomics. Methods: The study was conducted in pharmacy colleges of Delhi which provides the post-graduation course in various streams of pharmacy and one college outside from Delhi. A questionnaire was distributed among 150 students, out of them 100 students filled the questionnaire completely and the completely filled questionnaires were used for statistical analysis. The statistical analysis was performed using MS-Excel. Results: In the results it was seen that most of the participants responded the questions very positively and a good portion of the students (55.66%) had awareness about the pharmacoeconomics. Respondents have little knowledge about pharmacoeconomics (37.40%). Only (37.60%) respondents were aware about the methods of application of pharmacoeconomics. Conclusion: There is need to improve the knowledge of pharmacoeconomics among post graduate pharmacy students. For providing them basic knowledge of pharmacoeconomics various seminars, workshops, trainings and lectures should be arranged by the colleges. If the level of awareness about pharmacoeconomics increase in the pharmacy students then they can play a vital role in implementation of the pharmacoeconomics at its level in the country.

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