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Int J Pharm Pract. 2018 Dec;26(6):573-578. doi: 10.1111/ijpp.12488. Epub 2018 Sep 28.

Pharmacy-based management of influenza: lessons learned from research.

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1
College of Pharmacy, Ferris State University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA.
2
Idaho State Board of Pharmacy, Boise, ID, USA.

Abstract

Recently, several jurisdictions have pursued legislative and regulatory changes to allow pharmacy-based influenza management models in which pharmacists can initiate appropriate antiviral therapy in community pharmacy settings. While studies have been published in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and the United States, concerns have been expressed over pharmacist training, the accuracy of rapid influenza diagnostic tests, and the potential impact on antimicrobial resistance, among others. Studies have demonstrated that pharmacists provide safe and effective influenza management, with high rates of patient satisfaction, while maintaining or improving antimicrobial stewardship.

KEYWORDS:

clinical autonomy; community pharmacy; medicines management; pharmaceutical care; pharmaceutical public health; professional practice

PMID:
30265414
DOI:
10.1111/ijpp.12488

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