Pharmacists crucial in diabetes self-injecting care

Girl giving herself insulin shot

Becton, Dickinson and Company is encouraging pharmacists to recognise World Diabetes Day by re-evaluating their diabetes services in-store and ensuring staff are up-to-date.

While the number of people with diabetes in Australia continues to increase to epidemic proportions, so does the percentage of people who require insulin to manage this condition. As of June 2016, there were over 380,000 people with diabetes who required insulin therapy registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme. This represents 32% of all people with diabetes in Australia.

“Pharmacists can play a crucial role in assisting people with diabetes who self-inject their medication to practice better injection technique, which may lead to better health outcomes. Correct injection technique is an area that many people with diabetes find challenging,” says Hilary Crilly, managing director at BD Australia and New Zealand.

Teresa DiFranco, a registered pharmacist and credentialled diabetes educator with Perth Diabetes Care, says pharmacists often see people with diabetes more regularly than that person’s own diabetes educator or general practitioner.

“I’m sure every pharmacist has noticed an increase in the number of patients with diabetes walking through their pharmacy doors on a daily basis. For that reason alone, it is critical that pharmacists are well-versed about the health condition, understand all types of diabetes and the differences in their management,” says DiFranco.

“As new diabetes recommendations are published or guidelines become available, it’s imperative that pharmacists remain aware of these changes and how they may improve the self-management and overall quality of life for people living with diabetes.

“The recently published FITTER Insulin Injection & Infusion Recommendations is a good example of a key change that pharmacists need to be aware of to ensure they are delivering relevant, quality advice and care to their customers with insulin-requiring diabetes.”

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