Current scenario and future perspective of community pharmacy in developed, developing and sub-developing countries: A review

Muhammad Abdullah, Abdul Wahab, Naqab Khan, Ahmad Khan, Muhammad Imran Khan, Vahid Nikoui


Pharmacy is a multidisciplinary profession, which connects health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceuticals. A community pharmacy is one, which is not owned (or operated) by a publicly traded company. Community pharmacies are pharmacist-owned, privately-held businesses in varying practice settings. They include single-store operations, pharmacist-owned multiple store locations, franchise, compounding, long term-care (LTC), specialty, and supermarket pharmacy operation. In developed countries, community pharmacy is positioning in top second contrast with alternate professions. In USA, 181231 out of 297100 drug specialists work in community pharmacy, which makes 61 percent of entire populace of drug specialist, normal yearly wage of drug specialist in USA is $121500, individually. In developing countries including Pakistan, just 10% of the entire populace of drug specialist works in community pharmacies, while in sub-developing countries like Bangladesh, only 2% (418) of aggregate personnel of drug specialists are working as a community drug specialist. In this review, an attempt was made to summarize and calculate the current scenario and future perspective of community pharmacy as well as community pharmacist in various developed, developing and sub-developing countries of the world.

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International Journal of Basic Medical Sciences and Pharmacy (IJBMSP): ISSN: 2049-4963