October 21, 1983

Doctor of Pharmacy

Author Affiliations

William Beaumont Army Medical Center Texas Tech University School of Medicine El Paso

JAMA. 1983;250(15):1975. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340150019009

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To the Editor.—  Drs Biles and Lundberg as well as the American Medical Association are to be congratulated on their timely and lucid comments concerning the "Doctor of Pharmacy" and "Clinical Pharmacist" (1983; 249:1157 and 1983;249:1193). The basis of the enhancement of patient care by both clinical pharmacy and medicine is a historical one, and it seems only a natural progression to welcome the clinical pharmacist as a permanent professional member in active patient care.I would like to caution the medical profession, however, that there are some basic facts to be aware of. First of all, not every PharmD is a clinical pharmacist with the abilities as given by Dr Biles. It depends on where the pharmacist received his doctorate, whether it is his first professional degree or granted as a graduate degree, and whether the pharmacist has an interest in being a clinical pharmacist. In other words, it