Aragon, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Catalonia, Galicia, La Rioja and Navarra have also made this collaboration effective
Since last July the network of community pharmacies began to dispense the Covid-19 self-diagnosis tests, up to eight autonomous communities (CC AA) have already integrated pharmacies into early detection strategies for the disease:
Murcia region, Aragon, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Catalonia, Galicia, La Rioja and Navarra, in which more than 17 million citizens reside, have already taken steps to make this collaboration effective.
In this way, the claim of the College Pharmaceutical Organization itself is addressed, which from the first moment insisted on the need that, in order to obtain the best results in epidemiological terms of these tests, CCAA and pharmacies should coordinate in the registry and Notification of the data, through the development of joint protocols and information systems that allow the collection and exploitation of the data, together with those obtained from other structures and professionals of the system.
The agreements signed between the pharmacies and the health authorities of the different autonomies vary in their content and in the functions attributed to pharmacists and pharmacies, but they coincide in their objective of ensuring the traceability of the results, especially when they are positive, contributing to slow the spread of the disease. Even in some cases, the information collected and transmitted by the pharmacy is recorded in the patient’s medical record.
In this sense, the Colegial Pharmaceutical Organization recalls that the experience in managing this unprecedented health situation confirms the need for pharmacies both to strengthen the assistance capacity of the National Health System (NHS), and to develop health strategies effective public. As they add, the automatic renewal of electronic prescriptions, collaboration in the dispensing of hospital drugs through community pharmacies, screening and, now, the registration of data or issuance of certificates, are some of those initiatives that They have contributed to reducing pressure on other NHS resources.
So, once again, the president of the General Council of Official Associations of Pharmacists, Jesús Aguilar, has insisted on “the vocation of service of the pharmaceutical profession” and on the willingness of the entire pharmaceutical network to join the strategies of detection in more autonomies. “We know, we can and want to do more for more patients; that has been our commitment since this health crisis began and continues to be so, ”said Aguilar, who also stressed the need for all administrations to have pharmacists to fight Covid-19.
“With pharmacy professionals, any strategy multiplies its effectiveness and scope,” he said, insisting that the obligation of all health professions is to join forces to get out of this pandemic as soon as possible. “In a health emergency situation, other attitudes are incomprehensible,” concluded the President of the Council.