Pharmacists call for reviews to help patients understand medication
on 25/09/2013 07:38:37
The call comes to mark 'World Pharmacy Day' today.
The union carried out a study which shows that in nearly 40% of cases, pharmacists were required to provide information on the use of particular medicines following issues raised by patients.
It also showed that 90% of patients also underwent a follow-up review.
Bernard Duggan, the Chairperson of the IPU-Community Pharmacy Committee, said there will be a number of benefits.
Mr Duggan said: "In 40% of cases pharmacists were required to provide information to patients on medicines in response to issues raised by the patients, and there were at least two follow-up actions on average required after each medicine review consultation with patients.
"All pharmacists reported that patients showed an improved understanding of their medication after undertaking a medicine review with their pharmacists."