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Waughs bat for good health
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh has stepped up to the
crease to champion a preventive health initiative within the community.
Waugh and his wife Lynette have
become joint ambassadors for Blooms
The Chemist in a bid to encourage
people to be proactive about their
wellbeing and that of their family.
The couple is supporting HealthChecks
by Blooms which offer a range of
services and advice to customers to help
them manage their health effectively
The campaign highlights how a strong
relationship between a customer and a
pharmacist can help make people aware
of potential issues before they become
a major problem as well providing
an easily accessible option for the
treatment of minor ailments.
The Waugh family has been a customer
of Blooms for a number of years and
learned about the need to take active
care of themselves when Lynette
suffered a life threatening condition
'Lynette and I take our health seriously
and understand the importance of
being proactive in taking care of
ourselves,' Steve said.
Blooms The Chemist CEO Phil Smith said
Blooms HealthChecks can help people
take charge of their own health by
making them aware of potential issues
before they become more serious.
'It's about preventive care rather than
reactionary care,' he said.
'For example, high blood pressure can
have no symptoms and is dangerous if it
catches you unawares. Early monitoring
means the issues can be identified and
dealt with before it becomes dangerous.'
While Blooms The Chemist is adamant
customers should always visit their GP
for major health issues, the pharmacy is
set up to be the first call in any family's
health care program. Pharmacists can
offer advice, answer questions and treat
minor issues in a relaxed environment
and will refer people to a GP if any
serious issues are discovered.
This is a prime example of how Blooms
HealthChecks can be a valuable addition
to a family's health plan, allowing people
to make decisions about their general
wellbeing based on professional, easily
'Having ready access to a pharmacist
can help people make informed and
sensible decisions about their health
and lifestyle,' Mr Smith said.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia
(PBA) has warned pharmacist to use
extra vigilance when preparing dose
administration aids that include drugs
with a narrow therapeutic index.
The warning comes after the Board's
Notifications Committee received
notifications in recent months of
several medication incidents involving
methotrexate resulting in the deaths
of the patients. In all cases, while the
medication was dispensed correctly,
the resultant packaging of the drug
into dose administration aids such
as Webster packs was incorrect and
the packing was not detected by the
A Board communique said: 'This case
underscores the Board's concern when
pharmacists dispense and subsequently
pack into a DAA for later consumption
by the patient, of drugs with a narrow
therapeutic index. Extra vigilance is
required to be exercised by pharmacists
with these drugs'.
The communique described the
incidents and the processes carried out
that led to the fatal incidents.
'The prescription for methotrexate was
correctly dispensed by a pharmacist for
packaging into a dose administration aid
(DAA) for use by the patient. The drug
was prescribed as part of the patient's
treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, with
directions to be taken once a week on
the same day each week.
'The setting out of the patient's
medication into a DAA was carried
out by a pharmacy technician, who
incorrectly packed the methotrexate
to be taken every day. This incorrect
packing was done for two separate
weekly packs. The two packs were
checked by two different pharmacists on
consecutive weeks who both released
the packs for the patient to use, and
placed their initials on the packs as
having been checked as correct.
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