In six months, 103 medications have been located, which means responding to 65% of the requests received
A total of 48 pharmacies in the Region of Murcia are currently attached to the ‘Farmahelp’ platform, which facilitates instant communication between pharmacies when it comes to locating a drug in an emergency or with supply problems.
Pharmacy offices in the Region joined ‘Farmahelp’, a recently created tool, in February this year. During these six months, a total of 103 medications were located, thus responding to 65% of the requests received, which reveals “its great usefulness since it gives patients an immediate solution guaranteeing the continuity of treatments,” according to the President of the Cofrm, Paula Payá.
Specifically, the pharmacies incorporated into this system belong to thirteen municipalities in the Region of Murcia, among which are Murcia, Cartagena, Lorca, Yecla, Bullas, Caravaca de la Cruz, Torre Pacheco and La Unión, among others, according to sources from the College reported in a statement.
This platform, when a patient needs a medicine and cannot wait for it to be sent by the distribution or there is an incidence in the supply, allows the pharmacy to make a consultation with other existing ones around it.
This request can be answered voluntarily by the pharmacy offices and, if the medicine is available, a quick solution is offered to the patient. In addition, ‘FarmaHelp’ is an instant messaging tool that also facilitates the connection between the Official Associations of Pharmacists and pharmacies for sending urgent notices and notifications.
The president of the Official College of Pharmacists of the Region of Murcia, Paula Payá, highlights “the willingness” of pharmacists in the Region to adhere to this platform that she considers “a very useful instrument to provide solutions to patients in the continuity of their treatments ». “Technology has been put at the service of pharmacy offices with the aim of improving pharmaceutical assistance to citizens,” he added.
At the national level, more than 2,000 pharmacies from 36 Pharmaceutical Associations have joined ‘FarmaHelp’, and since its launch, 1,402 drugs have been located in other pharmacies.