Pharmacists receive no financial incentive to counsel patients about how to take their medicines. That needs to change.
Pharmacies are paid a set amount to dispense most medicines, so the more they dispense, the greater their income. But there's a better way to pay pharmacists and improve health care at the same time.
Pharmacist immunisers are gradually being allowed to give more types of vaccines.
You no longer have to go to your GP to get your flu shot or catch up on vaccinations you missed earlier in life or have waning immunity to. But they're unlikely to be free.
Supermarket pharmacies have been around in the US, UK and mainland Europe for years. But will Australia follow?
If Australia follows international trends and allows supermarkets to open pharmacies, what are the effects on neighbouring pharmacies? And when does running a business mean health care suffers?
Coverage for essential and effective medications would be the “ounce of prevention” that is worth a pound of cure in our cash-strapped Canadian health-care system.
Some Canadians go without heat and food to buy their medications. Others simply don't take them because they can't afford to. This is why we need a national pharmacare plan.
More data may be key to disrupting health care.
The president should use his penchant for shaking up the status quo to tackle the genuine crisis in health care.
Patients are often overwhelmed by medications, especially when they leave the hospital.
The medication landscape is complicated and error-riddled, with very few care providers knowing all the drugs you are taking. Here's how pharmacists could be the solution.
Evidence homeopathy works is pretty clear: it doesn’t.
A review into pharmacy practices last year recommended pharmacies stop selling ineffective remedies such as homeopathy. The government didn't support the recommendation.
Pharmacists aren’t just dispensing machines.
A new productivity report has suggested automated dispensing machines could replace pharmacists.
Now you can find out who’s wining and dining our doctors, nurses and pharmacists with publicly available data of drug company funded events.
Drug companies funded more than 116,000 educational events for doctors over four years. Now you can find out exactly which companies footed the bills and how much they paid.
A pharmacist prepares to grind up a potion from unidentified pills the old-fashioned way.
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Amazon currently sells pretty much everything, including the kitchen sink, but medications are very different from books and fidget spinners.
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
A small study has found that pharmacists would consider re-dispensing medications returned from other patients if they were permitted to do so.
Safeway pharmacist Ronak Amin is shown at his work station at the store in Wheaton, Maryland, February 13 2015.
Pharmacists are trained to do far more than dispensing medicine, but outdated policies keep them from taking on a greater role in patient care.
Medicare reform must focus on increasing value, not just cutting costs.
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The primary care reform debate of the last 15 months got off on the wrong foot. It was framed in terms of cutting government spending, with an overlay that consumers needed to bear the brunt of system…
Pharmacists’ skills go well beyond dispensing drugs but a one-off check would do little to achieve integrated care.
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The Pharmacy Guild has proposed a scheme that would see the Commonwealth government pay pharmacists A$50 to provide one-off health checks. Pharmacists checks would assess patients’ body mass index, blood…
Prescriptions for pain relief are easy to get in the UK but not if you live in certain countries.
Ten percent of the world consumes 90% of the morphine. At first glance that’s just another statistic about haves and have nots. But it’s more stark than that - particularly if you have cancer in a country…
Any restriction on buying painkillers needs to be consistent with national privacy protection.
Earlier this week the ABC reported that a handful of pharmacists in Tasmania had engaged in community policing. They’re tracking the purchase of codeine-based painkillers, sharing information with their…