Almost 3 million Australians suffer with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), yet 80% are undiagnosed. As the most accessible healthcare professionals, pharmacies are ideally placed to identify and offer ongoing support to their patients.
With the average person visiting a community pharmacy 18 times per year, pharmacy can easily identify and treat these undiagnosed sleep apnoea sufferers through their symptoms and comorbidities. A large volume of prescriptions going through pharmacy represent sleep apnoea comorbidities:
- 58% of Type 2 diabetes patients have OSA
- 85% of people on blood pressure medication have OSA
- 77% of people that are obese have OSA
Pharmacy Sleep Services provide a simple program for pharmacies to identify, diagnose and treat patients with sleep apnoea.
In response to the long waiting times and costs associated with the traditional way to get diagnosed for sleep apnoea, Pharmacy Sleep Services (PSS) has developed an in-pharmacy sleep apnoea program that identifies, tests, diagnoses and treats patients with sleep apnoea. Their at home sleep testing model is convenient and easy for the patient, with no doctor referral required to get tested. This means the community can get immediate access to sleep testing when needed. The sleep test is scored by an external qualified sleep physician and test results are provided within 7-10 days.
The PSS program is run entirely in pharmacy meaning the relationship stays between the patient and the pharmacy. PSS provides access to all market-leading brands (Philips, ResMed, Fisher & Paykel), full and ongoing training for pharmacy staff, plus a dedicated Account Manager. They also provide a host of marketing and training support to ensure pharmacies can advertise and drive awareness amongst their community.
Effectively treating Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) requires good patient-provider communication and this is where pharmacy is best in class. With years of pharmacy experience and owned by global healthcare company Philips Healthcare, PSS provides an easy, practical, hands-on program with all the support needed to make it a success for the pharmacy and the community. Over 700 pharmacies in Australia are running the PSS program and making a difference to people’s lives. Hear from one our pharmacies running the program and how it has helped their business and community.
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