Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2014 Jun 30; 6(2):27-32 DOI: 10.5672/FC.2173-9218.(2014/Vol6).002.05

The cost of pharmacotherapy follow in a community pharmacy (I) service launch

Cobián Rodríguez MB1
1. Doctora en Farmacia. Farmacéutica comunitaria en A Coruña
Cobián MB. El coste del seguimiento farmacoterapéutico en una farmacia comunitaria (I): puesta en marcha del servicio. Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2014 Jun 30; 6 (2): 27-32 DOI: 10.5672/FC.2173-9218.(2014/Vol6).002.05
Abstract : 

Introduction: Managing a pharmacotherapy follow-up service requires planning the resources to be used in reaching the objectives predetermined. The aim of this work was to study the resources needed for the implementation of a pharmacotherapy follow-up service in a community pharmacy and their costs.

Methods: In pharmacy Cobián, resources for the implementation of the service were identified, evaluated and provided. A training program in pharmacotherapy follow-up was designed and training time and its cost were studied. External training accreditation was applied.

Results: It was not necessary to provide material resources. Patient´s clinical history was the only information resource that had to be provided though it had no associated cost. Training time for the two pharmacists was 206 hours and its cost was 1.900 € for each one. Training program was accredited with 9.2 points.

Discussion: Personalized care areas in the pharmacy met all requirements. Patient´s clinical history is essential and it ought to be available for pharmacists in the service Training costs per patient will decrease on increasing the number of patients in the program.

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