Linking a Pharmaceutical Chemistry Workshop to Pharmacy Practice

Sci Pharm. 2014 Dec 15;83(1):125-42. doi: 10.3797/scipharm.1410-03. Print Jan-Mar 2015.


This paper describes the design and implementation of a workshop to enhance pharmacy students' appreciation of the importance of chemistry for pharmacy practice. The workshop was designed to form part of the practical work of two modules taught in the second year of the MPharm degree. In this mandatory workshop, second year pharmacy students were required to spot in the dispensary drugs based on their chemical properties like chirality, their origin and chemical structure. The lecturers involved in the workshop showed examples of the application of chemistry in the day to day work of the dispensary (e.g. calculating the dose for a patient in millimoles or how small modifications from a natural product can change its ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier). Feedback from participating students was collected via two survey instruments to examine the impact of the intervention. The survey results showed a clear shift towards a more positive perception by students of the chemistry taught in the MPharm curriculum.

Keywords: Basic and Applied Science; Community Pharmacy; Dispensary; Microbiology; Pharmaceutical Chemistry; Pharmaceutics; Pharmacy Practice.