Clinical Pharmacology is defined as the scientific discipline that involves all aspects of the relationship between drugs and humans or the application of pharmacological principles in humans. Clinical Pharmacologists (CPts) face the problem of recognition due to lack of appreciation of what the specialty is about. This article aims at educating the health sciences community on the relevance of Clinical Pharmacology in health institutions. Basic Scientists usually challenge CPts of acting more like clinicians both in their approach to Pharmacology and in the focus of their research activities. In many countries, Clinical Pharmacology is recognized as a sub-specialty within Internal Medicine training program. Clinical Pharmacologists are often physicians who have undertaken several years of postgraduate training in many aspects of the specialty that include health care, teaching, and research. When employed in the hospitals, they perform clinical duties by providing direct patient care, running specialist clinics like Hypertension Clinic, Geriatric Clinic, Infectious Disease and Intensive Care Units clinic. There is a need to encourage the training and employment of more CPts at secondary health care level.

 

Ogundele SO