The Guide to Training/Examination in
Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association (FAPA) established FAPA College of Pharmacy (FAPA-CP) on November 17, 1997 and inaugurated on May 17, 1998. The College has the responsibility to define training requirements for pharmacist in each field of specialization and to ensure by examination that certain standards have been attained.
Social and Administrative Pharmacy is setting up as one field of specialization to fulfill the following objectives:
1. To elevate and enhance the standard of pharmacy practice in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.
2. To develop the highest scientific and technological competencies in pharmacy practice.
3. To promote moral, ethical and professional relationships among pharmacists and other health personnel.
Registered pharmacists who want to admit to this Fellowship Program have to :
1. Get the approval of Pre-qualification for Fellow from the Pharmaceutical Association in his/her country.
2. Apply for primary examination through the Executive Committee Office together with primary examination fee.
3. Apply for training courses/programs in Social and Administrative Pharmacy after passing primary examination accredited by the Council.
4. Apply for final examination through the Executive Committee Office after completion of training courses/programs together with final examination fee.
Candidates who have completed the prescribed period of training in approved courses/programs and who have passed the examinations (primary and final examinations) shall be accepted as Fellow of Asian College of Pharmacy (F.A.C.P.)
Training and Examinations
Primary examination is taken to ensure that candidate has gained the knowledge required for basic role of pharmacist in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. The emphasis is presented in three modules, each module requires 60-90 hours of self study time. Details of each module are presented as texts written including aspect of subject and name of references to enable the candidate to understand the subject and to study at home or at work.
Primary examination may be taken 2 times/year, and can be valid for 4 years (passing grade is 60%).
Primary examination in Social and Administrative Pharmacy requires knowledge in the following 3 modules (each module requires 60-90 hours of study time) :
SAP 001 Pharmaceutical System
SAP 002 Basic Information Literacy
SAP 003 Research Reasoning and Method
After passing the primary examination the trainee must get into the training courses/programs required in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. The training extends over two or more years depending on the specialty concerned.
The trainee has to choose at least 7 modules from the followings :
SAP 004 Pharmacy organizations
SAP 005 Contextual Influences of Pharmacy organizations
SAP 006 Resource Enhancing and Management
SAP 007 Strategic Personnel Management
SAP 008 Technological Facilitators of Performances I
SAP 009 Technological Facilitators of Performances II
SAP 010 Professional Oriented Pharmacy Practices
SAP 011 Client Oriented Pharmacy Practices
SAP 012 Social Control of Pharmaceutical Services
SAP 013 Research Applications in Development of Pharmacy Services
In the final year of advanced training, research work is needed to demonstrate research ability of the trainee.
The examination is taken on the completion of advanced training and research work, and is thus an “exit” examination. Eligibility to enter the examination must be first approved by the Chairman of the Court of Examiners. The examination is in both written and oral, involved knowledge and professional skill taken during the basic and advanced training.
This course explores both macro and micro aspects of pharmaceutical system including the interaction of the system and its environments. The functions and roles of the pharmaceutical system will be scrutinized. The scope of the course will comprise the global and international situations affecting the local pharmaceutical system. Also, covered will be impacts of social, cultural, political, economic, and technological changes on the development of the pharmaceutical system. The course will focus on the understanding of the system dynamics and its interrelationship with external factors.
1. Understand the nature and characteristics of pharmaceutical system
2. Understand the relationship of pharmaceutical system and its environments
3. Identify factors/problems and the extents to which they affect the development of pharmaceutical system
1. Nature and characteristics of pharmaceutical system
2. Pharmaceutical system and its environment
3. Functions of pharmaceutical system
4. Indicators of pharmaceutical system development
5. Social factors affecting the pharmaceutical system
6. Cultural and behavioral factors affecting the pharmaceutical system
7. Political factors affecting the pharmaceutical system
8. Economic factors affecting the pharmaceutical system
9. Technological factors affecting the pharmaceutical system
10. Global and international pharmaceutical market structure
11. The interrelationship of the global and local pharmaceutical systems
12. The similarities and differences of the global and local market systems
Updating global and local situations through all media
Multiple choice exam
1. Wibulpolpraseert, S. (1995). Thai drug system. Bangkok, Thailand: Health System Research Institute in Collaboration with Institute for Health Consumer Protection.
2. Supakankunti, S., Janjaroen, W.S., Tangphao, O., et al. (1999). Study of the implications of the WTO/TRIPS agreement for the pharmaceutical industry in Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand: WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Economics, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn Unversity.
3. Management Sciences for Health. (1997). Managing drug supply. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press.
4. Knowlton, C. H., & Penna, R. P. (1996). Pharmaceutical Care. New York: Chapman & Hall.
Information System Literacy
This course will introduce learner to current managerial issues related to the use of information technology in organizations. The course will familiarize learner with a variety of information systems used in businesses today, and enable learner to understand the terminology used to describe them. It will look at the issues related to storing and processing managerial information for operational, tactical and strategic decision making, and consider how information technology can be incorporated into business strategies. The use of information technology to support electronic commerce, telecommunications and global networks is discussed, along with related ethical issues.
The focus of this course is managerial, although some technical material will be covered.
It is assumed that learner will already posses or acquire independently the basic computer skills required to use a word processor, a spreadsheet, a desktop database and electronic mail.
1. understand and identify the types of management information systems used in organizations
2. understand the terminology of information system and technology in information management used in business today
3. evaluate and assess the appropriateness of management information systems in specific situations, and make recommendations as to which information systems should be implemented
4. understand of new paradigm of business in electronic world as E-Commerce
Week 1: Introduction
· Course Introduction
· A Brief Overview of the Development of Computing
· Concept and Terminology of Information system and related area
· Information System components and it’s functions
Week 2: Implementation Levels of Information System
· Transaction Processing Systems
· Decision Support Systems (DSS)
· Expert Systems (ES)
· Executive Information Systems (EIS)
· Databases and Data Warehouses
Week 3: Using Information Systems Strategically
· Strategic Information Systems: The Traditional Perspective
· Strategic Information Systems: An Alternative Perspective
· Sustainability of Technologically-Based Competitive Advantage
Week 4: Electronic Commerce and Networks
· New Communication Technologies (E-mail, Internet, World Wide Web)
· Electronic Commerce Challenges on Today Business
· Internet Business Model and Strategy
· Electronic Fund Transfer & Security
Week 5: Telecommunications
· Telecommunications in Business
· Global Information Networks
Week 6: Information Systems Issues
· Information System Implementation : Factors for success and failure
· Key Issues in IS in the 2000’s and Beyond
· Computer Ethics
· Information Privacy
Multiple choice examination.
1. MGTS5110 - Introduction to Information Systems
2. Management Information Systems : Strategy and Action (2nd Edition)
Charles Parker, Thomas Case, McGraw Hill.
Research Reasoning and Methods
This course will introduce the principle and foundation of scientific enquiry. The systematic thinking and the practicality of conducting a research are emphasized. The essence and applications of research including integration of research with the pharmacy practice will be the main focus of the course. The contents will cover basic scientific research reasoning and model, research methodology, research tools, and research planning.
1. Understand the foundation of the theoretical principles of the scientific research
2. Understand the logical relationship among the theory, methods and statistics
3. Recognize the applications, limitations, and constraints of social research
1. Deduction and induction model
2. The link between theory and research
3. Causation and reasoning
4. Purposes of research
5. Conceptualization and operationalization
7. Population and sampling
8. Modes of observation
9. Basic statistics for research
10. Data analysis
11. Research ethics
12. Uses of social research
13. Evaluation of scientific research papers
Reading research article
Multiple choice exam
1. Babbie, E. (1989). The practice of social research (5th edition). CA:Wadsworth publishing company.
2. Jaspars, J., Finchan, F. D., & Hewstone, M. (1983). Attribution theroy and research: Conceptual, developmental and social dimensions. London: Academic Press.
3. Patton, M.Q. (1990). Qualitative evaluation and research methods (2nd edition). Newbury Park, CA: Sage publications.
4. Schlesselman, J.J. (1982). Case control studies: Design, conduct, analysis. New York: Oxford university press.