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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7194 p521-527
20 April 2002

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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:

  1. Blood pressure monitoring
  2. Monitoring and implementing appropriate prescribing
  3. Home delivery and support services for older people
  4. Smoking cessation
  5. Smoking cessation services for chronic lung disease patients
  6. Diabetes awareness and risk assessment
  7. Weight management
  8. Warfarin screening
  9. Coronary heart disease prevention
  10. Coronary disease prescription review
  11. Prescription review for older people
  12. Diabetes prescription reviews

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."

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