The Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook 24th edition (APF24) and the new digital APF were launched today by the PSA
APF24, the everyday guide to pharmacy practice, was officially launched by PSA National Board Director Grant Kardachi at a ceremony at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute in Adelaide.
Mr Kardachi said content has been thoroughly reviewed and updated for APF24, and new chapters on Medicines and diet, Digital health and Guidance for provision of a Pharmacist Only medicine: naloxone have been added.
“Alongside the print version, APF24 is available as a new digital version with enhanced search capabilities. Users can source health information faster and bookmark information for quick future access. It’s mobile- and tablet-friendly, making it easy to access from any device,” Mr Kardachi said.
This new edition of APF was a huge undertaking by a range of experts from many backgrounds. PSA thanks all of the contributors to the publication, including Chair of the APF Editorial Board Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, Editorial Board members, Cautionary Advisory Labels Working Group members, expert contributors and PSA staff.
“APF has been the everyday guide to pharmacy practice for over a century, and contains information to support pharmacists to provide counselling on medicines, identify drug-related issues, make clinical judgements and prepare or modify formulations,” Mr Kardachi said.
“It’s an invaluable practice resource for all pharmacists, students and interns, regardless of where they practise.”
The Pharmacy Board of Australia requires all pharmacists to have ready access to APF24 during clinical assessment, reviewing, dispensing and counselling processes.
The print copy, new digital version or a package of both can be ordered online. PSA members and student members receive a discounted price.