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Elżbieta Piotrowska-Rutkowska: Pharmaceutical care should be included in the basket of guaranteed benefits

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published March 23, 2023 13:33

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- We all see the need for pharmacists and other health professions to be actively involved in the system, in order to relieve the burden on doctors and serve the patient's welfare. The main subject to whom we should devote our time should be the patient, not as someone to whom we only need to dispense medicine, but also to give advice," said Elżbieta Piotrowska-Rutkowska, president of the Supreme Pharmaceutical Chamber, in an interview with Medexpress.

Patients hold pharmacists in very high regard. They often seek advice from them because, for example, they can't remember how to dose their medications. There was a time when the perception of this profession was moving dangerously towards being just a salesman. Now this situation is changing, and the competence of pharmacists is being increasingly recognized and used by those in power.

Pharmaceutical care is very popular in other European countries and beyond. It brings very great benefits, first of all for the patient. This model of pharmacist work should be implemented in Polish pharmacies and Polish hospitals. The hospital or clinical pharmacist should participate more in the life of the hospital. Public pharmacies, on the other hand, are already ready to provide pharmaceutical care. We have been calling for this for a long time, actually for 20 years. Now these opportunities have increased. We have a law on the profession, and the favor of the health ministry is definitely greater. The situation in the health care system, that is, the shortage of doctors and nurses, should also encourage such a solution. We all see the need to actively include pharmacists and other health professions i...

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