In April 2013, the Spanish Family and Community Pharmacy Society (Sociedad Española de Farmacia Familiar y Comunitaria - SEFAC) issued a proposal for professional pharmacy services, with an aim to cover both the needs relating to care for patients on medication and to public health. This proposal put forward an approach for the implementation and development of professional pharmacy services with an aim to roll out this service in community pharmacies in the next few years. In accordance with this proposal, all professional pharmacy services that offer these services will be supported by a specifications document.
The purpose of this specifications document is to define and characterize the arterial pressure measurement and testing service with two aims:
• To help community pharmacists and their representatives in the offer, provision, promotion, financing and arrangement of this service.
• To serve as a guide for community pharmacists who want to implement this service in the pharmacy or to provide a standardized working procedure to do so.
This document is accompanied by the procedural guide for community pharmacists for patients with arterial hypertension and cardiovascular risk (Guía de actuación para el farmacéutico comunitario en pacientes con HTA y riesgo cardiovascular (RCV)). Consensus document of GIAF-UGR, SEFAC and SEH-LELHA and the impacHta program: SEFAC and SEH-LELHA training in hypertension and vascular risk.