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and night and will equip pharmacists with
information and links to a range of resources.”
He said that PSS does not underestimate
the value of a listening ear from a
colleague and that the telephone service
will also be expanded across all states of
Australia when adequate ongoing funding
‘Hopefully the generosity of Symbion
will set a precedent to be followed by
other organisations involved with the
Pharmacists requiring assistance can contact
PSS for anonymous and discreet support on
1300 244 910 between 8.00 am and 11.00 pm
every day of the year.
PSA has released comprehensive online
guidelines for pharmacists to use
when providing medicines use reviews
(MedsCheck) and diabetes medication
management (Diabetes MedsCheck) services.
The guidelines have been developed to
support the Fifth Community Pharmacy
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used to guide clinical advice/decisions without reference to the complete section of the APF.
What can I find out about...
HIV and antiretroviral
You can find all this and more in the complete HIV
and anti-retroviral therapy manuscript in your APF.
See pages 160–163.
Visit www.psa.org.au to purchase your copy.
Accreditation number: CP120040c
This activity has been accredited for 0.25 hours of Group 2 CPD
(or 0.5 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan.
What are some of the drug interactions associated with
Some antiretroviral agents are inhibitors and/or inducers of cytochrome
Based on the information in APF22, which of the following
antiretroviral agents is listed as an inhibitor of CYP450 3A4?
Enter your answer and claim 0.5 Group 2 CPD credits.
Visit www.psa.org.au and click submit answers.
Is post-exposure prophylaxis
(PEP) required after a
The risk of transmission of HIV as a result
of a needlestick injury following a single
exposure is very low (~0.09–0.3%).
The risk increases if there is a deep
injury, if blood is present on the needle
or if the source is an individual with
confirmed HIV infection. Because there
are major risks associated with PEP for
HIV, such action is recommended only
if the risk of infection is considered to
Are antihistamines or
effective in treating
Antiretroviral-induced rashes should not
be prevented by using antihistamines
or systemic corticosteroids: these
are ineffective and can increase the
likelihood of a rash occurring.
Agreement rollout of the programs which
began on July 1. PSA has developed
additional resources including a useful tips
fact sheet, a frequently asked questions fact
sheet and interactive online case studies
to support the implementation of the
PSA National President, Grant Kardachi,
said the additional resources had been
developed specifically to meet the needs
of PSA members and were available only to
members of the Society.
‘MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck aim
to improve the quality use of medicines and
reduce adverse drug events among people
using multiple medicines by helping them
better understand and manage them,’ Mr
‘ These PSA guidelines help pharmacists
to provide the best possible services with
optimal health outcomes for patients.
They also provide assistance to pharmacists
on professional issues and obligations
related to MedsCheck and Diabetes
Mr Kardachi said the useful tips fact sheet
highlighted practical considerations for
pharmacies undertaking these services.
‘ There are a number of tips including how to
work with local health professionals such as
general practitioner surgeries, optometrists,
podiatrists and others to ensure the services
are of optimal benefit. The frequently asked
questions fact sheet is an excellent reference
point to help guide pharmacists and the case
studies present practical examples which
pharmacists can relate to in their provision of
‘In addition, PSA will be delivering a filmed
MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck
workshop which will be available online
and will provide further practical advice on
implementing these services. Also, most
PSA branches will be running a one-day
workshop later this year themed Better
business with MedsCheck.
‘We will also be offering an online
Motivational Interviewing module to support
pharmacists in effective interviewing,
information gathering and communication
with consumers during consultations’.
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