The Guild Academy is collaborating with Sanofi Consumer Healthcare in the development of an online course, Pharmacy Health Solutions: Analgesics containing codeine.
Pain, whether acute or chronic, is the most common reason people seek medical help in community pharmacies and from general practitioners, says the Guild.
Chronic pain is Australia’s third most costly health condition after cardiovascular diseases and musculoskeletal conditions (also associated with chronic pain).
Community pharmacies play a critical role in assisting patients to manage their pain, identifying strategies to deal with pain and initiating referral to other allied health professionals.
This new course is part of the Pharmacy Health Solutions suite of online courses.
The course helps to educate pharmacists on the appropriate supply of analgesics containing codeine, incorporating the use of the MedsASSIST clinical decision-making tool.
The course is also designed to help pharmacies to support patients experiencing both chronic and acute pain and to implement professional services to achieve better health outcomes for the patient.
President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia—Victoria and community pharmacist Anthony Tassone says he believes the course will provide pharmacists with a refresher on the different types of pain and identify signs and symptoms which require immediate referral.
“A positive interaction between the pharmacist and the patient, incorporating the use of the MedsASSIST, is key to working to find long-term solution to pain management,” he says.
“I have seen, in my own pharmacy, the positive impact pharmacists can have when working closely with patients to manage and resolve their pain issues.”
The course will assist community pharmacists to identify important counselling points for patients taking codeine containing analgesics, help gather information from the patient and identify the warning signs of codeine dependence.
The online course has been accredited for 0.75 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 1.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.
The Guild Pharmacy Academy thanks Sanofi Consumer Healthcare for its support and input of expertise in the development of this course.