A Proper internship is a foundation for building an individual’s future career. The best place to get your pharmacy internship is a community pharmacy within the Nairobi CBD. You will need to rotate through hospital and industry to familiarize yourself, give community pharmacy 90%. Most big pharmacies stock almost all the drugs you need to be familiar with, moreover, there is a wide range of clients ideal for your learning experience. Most of the time you will realize you have learned a lot in class but it is pretty difficult for you to apply the knowledge that you have gained in the course of your study in real life.
You will actually find out dispensing is an art that needs to be natured slow by slow with time. The best ideal duration for an internship should be at least three months if you are serious and yearning to learn. Most medical students will take the internship as a routine experience that is required by their faculty only to be shocked in their first job that they have a lot to catch up.
Employers prefer someone with real experience and without that, it will be obvious when you fill your first prescription, a multitude of avoidable errors may arise and that might disappoint your employer. These errors could lead to accusations which probably may affect your working experience and esteem. This is a preview of the basics you should learn a few weeks into your internship or preceptorship.
There is a lot you need to know when you are starting out your internship. First of all, you don’t need to know everything, what you have learned in class also may be applied at a very low percentage. The number one medications you need to be familiar with are the painkillers available. Mostly in class, you are taught about the generic names but for the practical case, you will need to know both the brand name and the active ingredients of the drugs. You should be able to differentiate over the counter pain relievers and prescription only pain relievers, and why they should be given on prescription only.
Antihistamines, meds for cold and flu
You will hardly hang out in a pharmacy am to late pm without dispensing something for cold. Being familiar with cold symptoms would be helpful for you since most clients describe how they feel in community pharmacies. The common cold typically lasts around seven days. If symptoms persist for weeks on end, it is worth the patient sees a physician to make sure another problem isn’t to blame. For instance, the patient could be having bronchitis or chronic sinusitis, or maybe suffering from an allergy.
Know which creams sell more , most clients will walk in with a skin rash, swelling or just a simple skin condition and you should be in a position to recommend something safe and effective. Learn what the active ingredients are and what to substitute in case you get an open prescription and the brand you have in mind is not available. You might fail to fill a prescription saying the item is not available and yet you have it.
Patients will come to the chemist with stomach conditions too, this is a community pharmacy, therefore, you need to get the right diagnosis before you dispense something over the counter. You main need to refer the patient but is it necessary? Maybe it is just a heartburn or indigestion and you already know what to give. If you are not sure always ask your supervisor for clarification.
Drugs meant for chronic conditions
These are prescription only medicines and you need to be careful dispensing and most importantly be accurate as much as possible you will have no excuses for errors med. You will need to understand why anti-depressants are kept under lock and key and know which ones are frequently abused to avoid fake prescriptions or filling expired prescriptions.
Most pharmacists will ask if a cough is dry or productive. Ask an intern you will be required to be familiar with the active ingredient of common cough syrups. This will help decide with cough syrup to give to someone with a dry cough or a chesty cough. Also, consider the age of the patient using the medicine. Be cautious especially when the person using the cough syrup is diabetic.
It is not recommended to give an eye drop over the counter unless you are very sure what you are prescribing to the client is right. You will need to know the most commonly prescribed eye drops by physicians with their active ingredient.
You will notice amoxicillin is the most prescribed antibiotic molecule in Kenya. Most antibiotics will be prescriptions from prescribers, all you need to know is the side effects and whether they are to be taken before or after meals and why.
A basic pharmacy setting will always have griseofulvin as the SI unit, you will find itraconazole fluconazole terbinafine etc basically know the indications for the same.
Clorimazole is prescribed the most. Know the brands available and the correct way of using the pessaries. That awkward client might bust you and before you confirm anything they are on you. So be ready and learn how to explain to them with a proper language.