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Public Health England endorses role of pharmacy

Spending money developing the role of community pharmacists is cost effective, bringing benefits that outweigh the original investment, according to a report by Public Health England’s pharmacy and public health forum.

The report, published in June 2014, highlights the potential pharmacy has in improving public health in England but says there is a need for community pharmacists to rise to the challenge to consolidate this developing role.

Community pharmacists need to consider changing the way they deliver services “using every interaction as an opportunity for a health promoting intervention”, it says.

The cross-sector pharmacy and public health forum was set up by Public Health England, a government agency, to provide leadership in developing the public health role of community pharmacists.

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20065632

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