A Look at the Community Pharmacy Structure in Australia

Community pharmacies are those that dispense medications to patients who are not hospitalized or in nursing facilities, and this series explores how community pharmacy practice differs around the world. This gives us the opportunity to view the American pharmacy system in a new light and potentially find opportunities for improvement. So far, we have looked at Japan’s pharmacy system as well as that of Finland. In this post, we’ll look at one of the most-studied healthcare systems from an American perspective: Australia’s.

4 Factors Affecting Patient Medication Adherence, and How Pharmacists Can Help

Medication adherence is often defined as a patient taking at least 80% of their medications for most diseases. For patients with a chronic disease, like diabetes, adherence rates hover around 50% to 60%. Unfortunately, for some diseases, even 80% adherence might not be enough. Older HIV antiretrovirals, for example, required adherence rates at or above 95%. In the U.S., medication nonadherence has been estimated to lead to 125,000 avoidable deaths and $100 billion in avoidable healthcare costs annually. We’ll look at some of the most common barriers to adherence and offer tips to overcome them, pulling from outside sources and from my own experience as a practicing pharmacist.

Unpacking the Community Pharmacy Structure in Finland

Community pharmacies are those that dispense medications to patients who aren’t hospitalized or in nursing facilities. This series explores how community pharmacy practice differs around the world. In doing so, it gives us the opportunity to view our own system in a new light and potentially find opportunities for improvement. In the first post of this series, we looked at community pharmacy practice in Japan.

The 6 Pharmacy Compliance Issues You Weren't Taught in School

There is often a gap between the laws taught in pharmacy schools and the legal knowledge you need to practice pharmacy. Along the way, it is very possible for great pharmacists to make mistakes and unknowingly break the law or not follow national guidelines for practice. In this post, we’ll look at important laws and guidelines that may not have been taught in your pharmacy school but that are essential for you in order to succeed as a practicing pharmacist.

Maintaining Testing Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in Pharmacy Licensing

Society depends on licensed professionals for tasks that require specialized education and training. This includes doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, along with builders, educators, pilots, and many others. Licensing is a mechanism to ensure competency — and in most cases written exams are an important part of that process. A recent incident involving the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) has shaken the pharmacy community and called attention to the importance of exam integrity. It is imperative not only for test takers, but also for the general public’s health, that the integrity of exams like this one is maintained.

The Healthcare Provider’s Guide to Medication Affordability

Doctors, nurses, physician associates, and other healthcare providers (HCPs) work hard to make sure their patients get the care they need, and that includes ensuring they receive their medications. Yet, despite their best efforts, too often patients walk away from the pharmacy counter without their prescriptions. In this post, we’ll look at all the ways you can help your patients navigate the costs of their prescription. We’ll also look at insurance and review patient assistance programs, free trials, copay cards, and other ways to help the underinsured as well as the uninsured.

The Role of Pharmacists in Public Health

Pharmacists play a critical (if often underappreciated) role in the public health of the country, providing a range of services beyond dispensing medication. While this hasn’t always been the case, pharmacy practice and education have continually evolved to meet the needs of the public. Pharmacy is not a stagnant profession, and it is up to the current generation of pharmacists to expand into new practice models. Let’s look at where pharmacy practice has been, its modern role in public health, and the impact it might have in the future.

Summer Job Opportunities for Healthcare Students

If you’re in school to become a healthcare professional — whether that’s a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, therapist, or otherwise — you are likely to get time off in the summer, even if you also have to complete a rotation. While your first inclination might be to work in a clinical setting similar to where you might work after graduation, there are many opportunities to do something unique and adventurous. It is also possible to get paid as much or more as you would have if you had worked in a clinical setting.

Mandatory Reporting in the Healthcare Setting

Mandatory reporting by healthcare professionals is often required by law. This course will assist you in recognizing suspected signs of abuse that require reporting, as well as developing a mandatory reporting system in your pharmacy practice. Upon successful completion of this course, learners should be able to: 1. Define mandatory reporting and reporting requirements 2. Describe mandatory reporting requirements within healthcare 3. Recognize the definitions and signs of occurrences or suspected occurrences that mandate reporting 4. Develop a mandatory reporting system in pharmacy practice

How Healthcare Providers Can Overcome Barriers to COVID-19 Vaccination

Although there are adequate supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, our vaccination rates are not nearly high enough to stop the pandemic. Until then, we’re at risk of surges in infection rates along with a higher possibility of new variants emerging. It is critical that we overcome the current vaccination plateau and work to increase vaccinations. In this post, we’ll look at ways we can overcome barriers to vaccinating the public.
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