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PHCY263 Principles of Pharmacy Practice

An introduction to the history of the profession and the health system; communication issues and practice; literature searching, drug evaluation and pharmacoepidemiology; pharmacy law and health ethics; practical dispensing.

Paper title Principles of Pharmacy Practice
Paper code PHCY263
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1900
Points 24 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,490.74
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,935.00

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Limited to
Campbell, A., Gillett, G and Jones, G (2005) Medical Ethics, 4th edn, Oxford University Press

Option 1 - Required Reading
  • Medicines Act 1981
  • Medicines Regulations 1984. Note that amendments have occurred in 2014; ensure you have an up-to-date version
  • Health Information Privacy Code
  • Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumer's Rights) Regulations 1996
  • Pharmacy Council Code of Ethics 2011

Option 2 - Ram, S. & Chesney, K. (2014) Pharmacy Law Guidebook, 3 edn, Thomson Reuters

You require a copy of the law to use in class, including class preparation, and for use during the checkout test and the final test.

You have the option of purchasing the legislation listed above or purchasing the textbook; you do not need to purchase both.

The text book - Pharmacy Law Guidebook (3rd edition) - will be used throughout the BPharm programme and will only need to be added to should significant changes to legislation occur. The textbook contains all the legislation and commentary on the legislation required for the law component of the BPharm programme. It is available at the University Book Shop.

The legislation will be used throughout the BPharm programme, and you will need to add to it for PHCY 346 and PHCY 472. The legislation can be accessed in a few different ways:
  • For purchase from Whitcoulls on George St, Dunedin
  • Electronic access on the library website via Brookers Online or electronic access from
You will need your own copy of the law - either textbook or legislation - for use during class and during assessments (assessments are open book). Note also that the use of computers will not be permitted during in-class assessments; therefore, an electronic copy of the legislation will not be sufficient.
Teaching staff
Dr Susan Heydon, Kate Chesney, Nicky Hewson, Dr James Green, Lisa Kremer, Aynsley Peterson, Professor Stephen Duffull, Dr Dan Wright, Dr Prasad Nishtala and James Windle
Paper Structure
39 Lectures
12 Laboratories
29 Workshops
2 days of Community Placement
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, workshops, laboratories and external placement
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
An introduction to:
  • General issues in healthcare, the New Zealand health system and pharmaceutical policy
  • The history of medicines and pharmacy - in different times and cultures - leading up to the history of the pharmacy profession in New Zealand
  • Hauora Māori/Māori health and Te Ao Māori/the Māori world - what, when, why and how these are important in our roles as pharmacists, and for improved health outcomes for our patients
  • Communication - both general and pharmacy-related
  • Literature searching
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Drug information and evaluation
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Pharmacy law
  • Pharmacy workplace skills, via practical dispensing classes and not less than 15 hours of experiential learning obtained through observation and work in a community pharmacy

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 36-37, 39, 41
Monday 10:00-10:50 9-11, 13, 20-21, 36, 41
Monday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 18, 33, 38, 40
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 39
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 40
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 21, 37-38
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 29, 36
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 21
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 18
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 17, 29, 31
Thursday 10:00-10:50 13, 20
Thursday 11:00-11:50 15, 32
Thursday 12:00-12:50 33
Friday 10:00-10:50 10, 17, 31, 40
Friday 13:00-13:50 19
AND one stream from
E1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9
E2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9
E3 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9
E4 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9