To help increase pharmacists’ knowledge of eczema, Guild Learning and Development has released a new Pharmacy Heath Solutions online course titled “Itchy, red skin”
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a common, pruritic and inflammatory skin condition that affects many patients who visit community pharmacies.
The recurrence and flare-ups that patients often experience provide an excellent opportunity for pharmacists to engage with patients and monitor this troublesome skin condition, says the Guild.
Community pharmacist and President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia Victoria Branch, Anthony Tassone, says he believes that this online course will provide an important clinical refresher to community pharmacists regarding the appropriate use of topical corticosteroids.
“Patients often require ongoing support with their eczema to deal with recurrence or flare-ups,” he says.
“Pharmacists can provide advice on the appropriate use of corticosteroids and other treatments that may also include over-the-counter products to help manage their skin condition.”
Guild Learning and Development is partnering with MSD to provide this clinical refresher which includes the pathophysiology of eczema and dermatitis and the indication, mechanism of action, dosage and place in therapy for non-prescription medicines in the management of this health condition.
This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credits), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1 hour of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.
Guild Learning and Development has thanked MSD for its financial support and input of expertise in the development of this course.