Dose Administration Aids: Pharmacists’ Role in Improving Patient Care

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Title Dose Administration Aids: Pharmacists’ Role in Improving Patient Care
Author Haywood, Alison; V, Llewelyn; S, Robertson; M, Mylrea; B, Glass
Journal Name Australasian Medical Journal
Editor Moyez Jiwa
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Journal Pty. Ltd.
Abstract Dose administration aid (DAA) usage has become increasingly prevalent among populations worldwide and as such has become an important part of pharmacy practice. The evidence for the use of these aids has been favourable in Australia resulting in 2006 in a community based DAA program being considered by the Professional Programs and Services Advisory Committee and the first phase of this program implemented in October 2007. The program was established under the Better Community Health Initiative of the 4th Community Pharmacy Agreement with the Government. The aim of this program is to reduce medication-related hospitalizations and adverse events through improved medication management and adherence for people in the community. The most common patient groups that access this service include the elderly, who are often on several different medications and patients with cognitive disabilities who may have trouble understanding or remembering their dosage regimes. Repackaging of a medication, involving removal from its primary packaging invalidates the stability guarantee of the manufacturer. It is in fact the role of the health team to ensure patient care by making an informed judgment as to the effect on the quality and safety of this repackaging process. Drug manufacturers, on the whole, tend to discourage repackaging of medications and as there is little quality data available to support this process. Indeed, only a small number of medications have been investigated for their stability following repackaging into DAAs, namely atenolol, paracetamol, frusemide, prochlorperazine, sodium valproate, aspirin (dosette boxes) and clozapine. This paper will review the repackaging of medications into DAAs and the role that the pharmacist plays in this process to improve patient care, in addition to presenting the Australian research that has contributed substantially to the body of information available internationally on the quality implications, relating to the stability of repackaging medicines into DAAs.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.4066/AMJ.2011.693
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2011. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. For information about this journal please refer to the journal’s website or contact the authors.
Volume 4
Issue Number 4
Page from 183
Page to 189
ISSN 1836-1935
Date Accessioned 2011-10-07
Date Available 2012-02-10T01:09:28Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Molecular Basis of Disease
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Pharmaceutical Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41895
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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