Pharmacists are encouraged to mark National Diabetes Week (9-15 July) by re-evaluating their in-store diabetes services
They are also being prompted to ensure staff are proactively engaging in meaningful conversations with customers who have diabetes.
National Diabetes Week runs yearly from 9 to 15 July, with the goal to increase awareness of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia, with an estimated national cost impact of $14.6 billion.
While the number of people with diabetes in Australia continues to rise, so does the percentage of people who require insulin to manage this condition.
There are over 390,400 people with diabetes who required insulin therapy registered with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
This represents 31% of all people with diabetes in Australia and the equivalent of nearly 60 people who require insulin registering with the NDSS every day.
“Correct injection technique is an area that is infrequently discussed, yet it’s a critical component of treatment and many people with diabetes find it challenging,” says Hilary Crilly, Managing Director at BD Australia and New Zealand.
Pharmacy staff can play a crucial role in encouraging people with diabetes who inject their medication to adopt better injection technique, which in turn may lead to better health outcomes.”
Teresa Di Franco, a 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. For that reason alone, it is critical that pharmacists are well-versed in this chronic health condition, including all types of diabetes and the differences in their management,” says Ms Di Franco.
The new Insulin Delivery Recommendations (FITTER) and Golden Rules of Injection Technique, published in US medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, are based on the latest clinical evidence and reflect the results of the largest worldwide injection technique survey ever performed for people with diabetes.
The survey was conducted in 423 centres across 42 countries and gained responses from more than 13,000 people.
FITTER is the latest in a series of scientific seminars sponsored by BD to improve the management of diabetes for healthcare professionals and patients.
The FITTER outcomes and Golden Rules of Injection Technique are a resource to ensure all diabetes healthcare professionals – including pharmacists – are collaborative and consistent in their clinical approach, which in turn will ensure optimal patient support and therapy outcomes.