Good Bugs in Pharmacy: Evidence Based Practical Applications For Probiotics

Dragana Skokovic-Sunjic, PhC

Dragana Skokovic–Sunjic is a Clinical Pharmacist with Hamilton Family Health Team and NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner. In addition to her collaborative clinical practice, she is a leader in knowledge mobilization for probiotics in Canada and United States. Translating scientific research in this field, she authored “Clinical Guide to Probiotic Supplements Available in Canada” and “Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products Available in the US”.  This practical clinical tool is independently reviewed and updated annually  in order to reflect the latest evidence and include new probiotic products on Canadian and US market. Her project had been recognized internationally, receiving a Scientific Frontiers Award at Probiota 2015 Conference in Amsterdam, February 3-5, 2015 and similar recognition at Probiota Americas conference in San Diego, June 2-5, 2015. Clinical Guide to Probiotics was presented at Probiota World Congress in Barcelona in February 2018. She was invited speaker at International Probiotic Conference in Budapest, June 2018.

 In 2003, Dragana attained certification as Menopause Practitioner with North American Menopause Society (NAMS).  In 2008 she received Wyeth Apothecary Award for Specialty Practice, awarded by the Ontario Pharmacists Association to a pharmacist who has completed specialty education or training and as a result has successfully expanded his or her professional practice. She is actively involved as a Board Member with the Canadian Menopause Society (SIGMA). Her work in the field of women’s health and probiotic influence on microbiome has been presented at two International Menopause Society World Congress (Prague, Czech Republic, Sept 2016 and June 2018, Vancouver) and North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL, Oct 2016), and published in their respective scientific journals.

Canadian version of the Clinical Guide to Probiotics can be found at and US version at


In the area of probiotics, the growing body of research and our understanding of how the microbiota impacts the host’s health and recovery from disease are growing rapidly. This presentation briefly describes the history of probiotics, the types of probiotic products currently available, the indications for probiotics, and application in daily pharmacy practice.

Learning Objectives:

After listening this presentation, pharmacists will be able to:

  • Understand the effects of the gut microbiota on health
  • Identify common therapeutic uses for probiotics encountered in pharmacy practice and discuss novel opportunities and clinical tools available for navigating this area
  • Dispel common misconceptions associated with probiotics
  • Describe the pharmacist’s role in advising patients on the appropriate use of probiotics