A campaign to raise awareness
From Mr V. S. Mithani, MRPharmS
As pharmacists we are well aware of the unsuitability of multi-compartment compliance aids in many cases. We need a campaign to make other care professionals aware of this. I am constantly asked to provide MCAs for patients who are cared for fully by qualified care workers capable of preparing doses for the patients from the original medicine packs but who prefer to have all the doses placed in one compartment that they can access for a particular time of dosing.
If I decide that it is unsuitable to do so then they will simply go to another pharmacy where their wish is fulfilled. Family members are pressured by the carers to insist on an MCA. Even the GP is asked to insist on its provision.
There is an answer and that is that we, in pharmacy, work together to check and refuse to provide MCAs if a pharmacist has already concluded that one is not necessary.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11124131
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