Farm Com. 2022 Apr 26;14(2):5-8. doi: 10.33620/FC.2173-9218.(2022/Vol14).002.02

The Spanish Society of Clinical, Family and Community Pharmacy position statement on telepharmacy: telepharmaceutical care (TPC)

Baixauli Fernández VJ1, Molinero A1, Satué de Velasco E1, Plaza Zamora J1, Andraca L1, Mud Castelló F1, Sánchez Marcos N1, Prats Mas R1, López Alaiz S1, Pérez Hoyos E1, Martín Oliveros A1, Murillo Fernández MD1, Sanz Orejas MJ1
1. Junta Directiva de SEFAC
Baixauli VJ, Molinero A, Satué E, Plaza J, Andraca L, Mud F, Sánchez N, Prats R, López S, Pérez E, Martín A, Murillo MD, Sanz MJ. Posicionamiento de la Sociedad Española de Farmacia Clínica, Familiar y Comunitaria sobre telefarmacia: teleatención farmacéutica (TAF). Farm Com. 2022 Apr 26;14(2):5-8. doi: 10.33620/FC.2173-9218.(2022/Vol14).002.02
Abstract : 

The new information and communication technologies (ICT) have been evolving for many years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of society. In the healthcare field, new activities have emerged and terms such as telemedicine, telecare and teleconsultation are becoming common. They are undoubtedly a step forward, but they risk dehumanizing the contact between healthcare providers and patients.

In the pharmacy- field, Telepharmacy has emerged with undeniable logistical and commercial connotations. The preferred term of the Spanish Society of Clinical, Family and Community Pharmacy is Telepharmaceutical care (TPC) which defines it as the practice of Pharmaceutical Care using ICT in order to complement the face-to face required by the patient. TPC includes the remote provision of some community pharmacy services (CPS).
 
TPC should help the community pharmacist to provide CPS, thus improving clinical pharmaceutical practice without the dehumanizing effects that the indiscriminate application of ICT can have.
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