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Impact of Pharmacy Based Travel Medicine with the Evolution of Pharmacy Practice in the UK

FRPharmS, FRGS, MFTM RCPS, Independent Prescriber, 58 The Nurseries, Langstone, Wales NP18 2NT, UK
Pharmacy 2018, 6(3), 64; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6030064
Received: 10 May 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 July 2018 / Published: 9 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Travel Medicine - Series Ⅰ)
Background: Pharmacy has utilised the changes in legislation since 2000 to increase the range and supply function of services such as travel health to travellers. With the number of travellers leaving the UK and trying new destinations there is an increasing need for more travel health provision. Working models: The models of supply of a travel health service vary according to the size of the corporate body. The large multiples can offer assessment via a specialist nurse or doctor service and then supply through the pharmacy. Others will undertake an onsite risk assessment and supply through the pharmacist. The sole Internet suppliers of medication have been reviewed and the assessment standards questioned following survey and inspection. Education: There is no dedicated pharmacist-training programme in advanced level travel health. As a consequence one academic institution allows pharmacists to train on a multidisciplinary course to obtain an academic membership. With training for travel health not being mandatory for any travel health supply function the concern is raised with standards of care. Future: There is a consultation paper on the removal of travel vaccines from NHS supply due to be decided in the future. If these vaccines are removed then they will provide a greater demand on pharmacy services. Discussion: The starting of a travel health service can be made without any additional training and remains unregulated, giving cause for concern to the supply made to the traveller. Conclusions: Pharmacies in the UK offer a range of options for supplying travel health services; however these need to be with improved mandatory training and supply. View Full-Text
Keywords: travel medicine; health; pharmacist; pharmacy; vaccinations; prescribing and education travel medicine; health; pharmacist; pharmacy; vaccinations; prescribing and education
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Evans, D. Impact of Pharmacy Based Travel Medicine with the Evolution of Pharmacy Practice in the UK. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 64.

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