The 23rd edition of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and handbook (APF23) is now available and offers a number of new sections as well as two new counselling guides.
APF23, Australia’s everyday guide to pharmacy practice, includes new sections covering the topics of Biosimilar medicines, Immunisation and Screening and risk assessment. The two new counselling guides – Common colds in children and Threadworms – further reflect the handbook’s ongoing development and evolution.
Chair of the APF23 editorial board, Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom, says the continual development of the APF was in response to the constantly changing and expanding role of the pharmacist.
“The publication has kept pace with the growing needs of pharmacists as they fulfil their professional obligations in an ever-changing practice environment,” he says.
“Tenets of current pharmacy practice include counselling, evidence-based medicine, and encouraging and helping consumers to actively participate in their own healthcare.
“The APF23 provides practical, current and evidence-based information to assist pharmacists in upholding these professional principles.”
Emeritus Professor Sansom says APF23 is an invaluable resource for all pharmacists across all sectors of the profession.
“It can be used to quickly find information and guidance on many areas of pharmacy theory and practice, including identifying drug-related issues, making clinical judgements, counselling consumers on the safe and effective use of their medicines, and preparing extemporaneous products or modified oral formulations,” he says.
”All content has been rigorously developed and reviewed by a range of experts, with industry stakeholders also consulted.
“In keeping with the APF’s objective to be the everyday guide to pharmacy practice, this edition provides valuable information for all pharmacists, whether working in the community, hospital or academic setting, and pharmacy students.”
APF23 supersedes and replaces all previous editions and can be ordered through http://www.psa.org.au/apf