This year the holy month of Ramadan spans from June 7 to July 7. This is a time of fasting, prayer, and charity during which many Muslims will not ingest anything between dawn and sunset. This includes food, drink, and medications.
Though Muslims who are sick or have a chronic health conditions are exempt from Ramadan, many still choose to fast. Thus, pharmacists may be required to adjust medication schedules and dosage strengths for patients on oral medications, suppositories, or eye, ear and nose drops.
The context in which physicians and pharmacists practice can differ dramatically, and ensuring consistent and quality care for the patient in each venue is essential. The key to that quality care often lies in interprofessional collaboration.
Students listening to opening remarks as HIPED 2016 gets underway
Last week, the first year class of pharmacy students travelled to the London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital (LHSC) for a day-long interprofessional education (IPE) event with Western University medicine and dentistry and Waterloo optometry learners.