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Am J Hosp Pharm. 1987 Apr;44(4):755-60.

Pharmacy practice in the United States Army.

Abstract

The current status of pharmaceutical services in the United States Army Medical Department is described. The mission of the Army Medical Department is to ensure the health of the soldier during times of peace and war. Of the 225 commissioned pharmacy officers currently on active duty, 156 are assigned to U.S. Army medical centers and community hospitals in the United States, and 29 are stationed at hospitals in Europe, Korea, Panama, and Japan. Army pharmacy officers are supported by 879 Army-trained pharmacy technicians and 319 civilian pharmacists employed by the Army. Army Medical Department hospital pharmacies provide inpatient and ambulatory-care services as well as specialized nuclear pharmacy, oncology, investigational drug, and materials development services. Pharmacy officers assigned to the Pharmacy Branch of the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences conduct 17-week technician training programs six times a year and provide other pharmacy courses and continuing education programs. The U.S. Army Allergen Extract Laboratory dispenses diagnostic and immunotherapy agents by mail in response to prescriptions submitted by military allergy clinics. Pharmacy officers may be deployed with field hospitals during times of combat or for extended training exercises in places such as Egypt, Grenada, and Honduras. Pharmacy officers may also be assigned to three- or four-year tours of duty in Army hospitals located in Europe. In the future, the emphasis of Army pharmacy practice will be on the expansion of clinical pharmaceutical services and the development of advanced interactive communication systems, quality assurance programs, and peer-review programs.

PMID:
3578306
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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