Pharmacy profession also involves identifying, solving and preventing drug-related problems, as well as encouraging
proper use of medications, thus improving clinical outcome of the treatment. Pharmacotherapy is usually
thaught as lectures in pharmacy schools and many students have a difficulty in implementing the theoretical knowledge
into practice. Therefore courses on “rational drug use or rational pharmacotherapy” should be given by problem based
teaching methods. Since 2009, “Rational Drug Use” courses are given in Marmara University School of Pharmacy by
such a method (based on simulated patients and dispensing score) developed by the ‘Turkish Pharmacological Society’.
The method enables problem based learning and it is also used in some of the pharmacy schools in Turkey and in Near
East University in Northern Cyprus. This kind of learning will provide ability for critical thinking, improve problemsolving
skills and decision making during pharmacotherapy.
Keywords: Dispensing score, pharmacist, pharmacy practice, pharmacy student, rational use of medicine, problem based
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