Consultation has started on the revised Guidelines for pharmacists providing Dose Administration Aid services produced by the PSA
PSA has undertaken the review to support the implementation of the revised Professional Practice Standards, and in particular, Standard 15: Dose Administration Aid Service.
The review has been undertaken following recent research, changes to common practices and the release of the Guidelines on dose administration aids and staged supply of dispensed medicines by the Pharmacy Board of Australia in September 2015.
PSA says it acknowledges the Federal Department of Health for providing funding for this work as part of the PBS Access and Sustainability Package, including the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
An important outcome of the review has been updating of the guidance around cytotoxic medicines and medicines stability when repacked in a DAA, in line with recommendations from the Pharmacy Board, as well as Australian and international literature.
The revised guidelines also address advancements in automated packing technology that have developed since the last review in 2007.
For the consultation, PSA says it invites comments from interested individuals and organisations including members of the pharmacy profession, consumers, other health professional groups and practitioners, educators, researchers and government bodies.
The consultation paper, including the revised DAA Guidelines, can be accessed here. Pharmacists can review the consultation paper first, then provide feedback through the consultation survey, which can be accessed here.
Consultation on the guidelines will be open until 24 May 2017.
Any queries regarding this consultation can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org