Reducing adverse drug reactions through an integrated health system

Date: Jul 23, 2014

Pharmacists working alongside doctors in GP clinics could be the answer to reducing wrong drug prescriptions and their adverse affects.

According to both the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), doctors and pharmacists often are not on the same page and this can result in medical negligence.

The two organisations are developing a model that can support both sets of professionals integrated into the primary care of patients. Surveys conducted across the medical spectrum indicate there are benefits to this arrangement, none more so than enhancing patient care.

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, explained that this model is already working in small communities, but should be rolled out nationwide.

“This team care approach has shown that the model is beneficial to pharmacists, doctors, and patients at time when the ageing population and increasing chronic disease are putting added pressures on the healthcare system,” he said.

Benefits of collaboration

According to statistics from the AMA, there are 190,000 hospital admissions each year because of adverse reactions to drugs prescribed by doctors. This is at a cost of $660 million per year to the national health system.

Other benefits would include improved use of medicines, better patient care and shorter recovery times.

AMA President, Associate Professor Brian Owler, said working with pharmacists on a daily basis will ensure that the needs of patients are consistently met.

“With the growing burden of chronic disease, we are seeing patients with very complex medication therapies,” he said.

“By encouraging pharmacists to practise collaboratively with doctors in GP clinics we will improve communication and assist in managing these complex medication regimens.”

Medical negligence compensation

Patients that develop further complications due to receiving and taking incorrect drugs from their doctor’s prescription could be eligible for medical negligence compensation and are urged to contact a lawyer who can help them with their claim.

As medical negligence compensation is a complex situation, it is best to take your claim directly to a lawyer. It is also important to record anything that could help your claim. If your negligence lawyer can have access to all relevant information, then you are more likely to be successful in your case.

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