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Patients expected to pay for AAH medicines management services
AAH Pharmaceuticals has launched a new medicines management programme for selected community pharmacies.
By the end of the year, Health Watch, which was announced at the Vantage convention in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15 April, will be in operation in 25 selected pharmacies. The scheme comprises 12 services for which customers will be expected to pay. The 12 will be:
Mandeep Mudhar, marketing manager at AAH Pharmaceuticals, said that only carefully selected pharmacies that were part of the Vantage Refresh scheme would be allowed to take part in the scheme.
Participants will have to be able to set aside a minimum of five uninterrupted hours a week for the services. They will need to hold clinical diplomas or to have completed a continuing professional development medicines management module. They will have to have good working relationships with their patients' general practitioners. Their pharmacies will need to have good confidential consultation areas, dispensing technicians who can run the dispensary and who can be trained to become checking technicians.
So far as payment is concerned, Mr Mudhar said: "Waiting for the Government to stump up cash is not the way forward. We need to be able to persuade customers to pay for services." Participating pharmacists will be expected to audit what they do so that evidence will be there to prove that what pharmacists do works when the Government decides to make money available.
Ian Bray, AAH's marketing director, added: "The Government thinks that pharmacists cost too much to count pills. You have to be active in supporting public health while saving money for the National Health Service."
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 20006552
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