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We are pleased to introduce the first edition of “Social Pharmacy” for the First year student of D.Pharm which is in accordance with the newly revised syllabus of Pharmacy council of India. This Social Pharmacy book has been written to help the reader understand and address many of these issues. It is unashamedly written from a pharmacy perspective, although we do hope those from other disciplines will also find it of use. We have made considerable effort to update each chapter and ensure the content is relevant to current practice. In both primary and secondary care the use of medicines is the most common intervention in healthcare. Medicines use, however, is not without risk. Drug selection and prescribing is increasingly complex and demanding, and undertaken as part of a multi-disciplinary process that involves pharmacists, some of whom are now prescribers in their own right, along with doctors, nurses and other members of the healthcare team. All must strive to promote safe, appropriate and cost effective prescribing that respects patient choice and promotes adherence.

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ISBN 978-93-91334-09-3
Publishers R. Narain Publishers & Distributors
Author Dr. Irfan Aziz & Akhilesh Pratap Mishra
Binding Paperback
Edition 1/e
Price 160
Year 2021
Pages 168
Subject Text Book of Social Pharmacy (ER2020-15T)
Weight 180 g


  1. Comprehensive coverage of theoretical and diagrammatical aspects of social pharmacy.
  2. All intricate aspects are explained by simple, lucid and specific explanations and substantiated with neat and elaborate diagrammatic sketches.
  3. Examples from social pharmacy are included extensively.

Table of Content

1. Introduction to Social Pharmacy:
l Definition and Scope. Social Pharmacy as a discipline and its scope in improving the public health. Role of Pharmacists in Public Health.
l Concept of Health –WHO Definition, various dimensions, determinants, and health indicators.
l National Health Policy – Indian perspective
l Public and Private Health System in India, National Health Mission
l Introduction to Millennium Development Goals, Sustainable Development Goals, FIP Development Goals
2. Preventive healthcare: Role of Pharmacists in the following
l Demography and Family Planning
l Mother and child health, importance of breastfeeding, ill effects of infant milk substitutes and bottle feeding
l Overview of Vaccines, types of immunity and immunization.
l Effect of Environment on Health – Water pollution, importance of safe drinking water, waterborne diseases, air pollution, noise pollution, sewage and solid waste disposal, occupational illnesses, Environmental pollution due to pharmaceuticals
l Psychosocial Pharmacy: Drugs of misuse and abuse – psychotropics, narcotics, alcohol, tobacco products. Social Impact of these habits on social health and productivity and suicidal behaviours.
3. Nutrition and Health
l Basics of nutrition – Macronutrients and Micronutrients
l Importance of water and fibres in diet
l Balanced diet, Malnutrition, nutrition deficiency diseases, ill effects of junk foods, calorific and nutritive values of various foods, fortification of food
l Introduction to food safety, adulteration of foods, effects of artificial ripening, use of pesticides, genetically modified foods
l Dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, food supplements –indications, benefits, Drug-Food Interactions.
4. Introduction to Microbiology and common microorganisms
l Epidemiology: Introduction to epidemiology, and its applications. Understanding of terms such as epidemic, pandemic, endemic, mode of transmission, outbreak, quarantine, isolation, incubation period, contact tracing, morbidity, mortality.
l Causative agents, epidemiology and clinical presentations and Role of Pharmacists in educating the public in prevention of the following communicable diseases:
l Respiratory infections – chickenpox, measles, rubella, mumps, influenza (including Avian-Flu, H1N1, SARS, MERS, COVID-19), diphtheria, whooping cough, meningococcal meningitis, acute respiratory infections, tuberculosis, Ebola
l Intestinal infections – poliomyelitis, viral hepatitis, cholera, acute diarrheal diseases, typhoid, amebiasis, worm infestations, food poisoning.
l Arthropod-borne infections – dengue, malaria, filariasis and, chikungunya
l Surface infections – trachoma, tetanus, leprosy
5. Introduction to health systems and all ongoing National Health programs in India, their objectives, functioning, outcome, and the role of pharmacists.
6. Pharmacoeconomics – Introduction, basic terminologies, importance of pharmacoeconomics.


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