Essential and evolving: Pharmacy research celebrated in latest JPPR

The role of pharmaceutical research as a foundation of medical advancement is explored in the latest Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR), which is now available online, free to members of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA).

In highlighting the integral importance of embedding research in pharmacy practice, the issue reflects the growing role of the National Translational Research Collaborative (NTRC), established by SHPA in April to harness, expand and leverage the research capability and capacity of Australian pharmacists and organisations.

Editor-in-Chief Dr Chris Alderman says although advanced genomics, personalised medicine and nanotechnologies may dominate today’s medical headlines, it is important to remember fundamental pharmaceutical research provides solid footing.

‘These breathtaking advances are underpinned by pharmacy research into the safe and effective use of medicines that establishes the legitimacy of a treatment approach, the appropriateness of a pharmaceutical method, the validity of a specific formulation or the degree to which one approach to a pharmacotherapy is at least as safe and as effective as another.

‘In this issue of JPPR we publish several examples of research that address areas of fundamental pharmaceutical sciences, taking the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the immense long-term value of this work.’

The cross-section of pharmaceutical research highlighted in the issue showcases its remarkable penetration across all facets of Australian healthcare, from medicine-boosted breast milk supply in neonatal units and dose error reduction software in paediatrics, to new insights on chemotherapy side effects and community pharmacists’ knowledge of popular complementary and alternative medicines.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says SHPA’s NTRC was established to maximise the reach and impact of Australian pharmacy research.

‘Research looks to the future, so it is timely to have the final 2017 issue of SHPA’s flagship publication show how research skills are crucial to the future career paths of hospital pharmacists, and how research capacity is vital to strong pharmacy teams in Australian hospitals.

‘SHPA’s National Translational Research Collaborative recognises this research primacy and, in its first year, has begun connecting Australia’s brightest clinical pharmacy researchers and organisations to build and support partnerships, strengthen research proposals and impact and leverage funding opportunities.’

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