This cartoon by Ed Tan, an Australian pharmacist who produces a blog ‘Ed’s rant’, sums up how pharmacists can be undervalued by patients and other health professionals.
INR Online (funder of this blog) produces the software for the NZ Community Pharmacy Anticoagulant Management Service (CPAMS) so we are well aware of the capabilities of pharmacists. More than 300 pharmacists at 150 New Zealand pharmacies offer the CPAMS service to 6,000 patients.
If you are a patient using the CPAMS service, perhaps you could take this opportunity to thank the pharmacists involved, next time you have your INR measured and warfarin dosed.
Meanwhile INR Online thanks all our pharmacists for providing such an excellent service. Long may it continue and hopefully expand.