In France, antiretroviral treatment (ARV) can be dispensed by hospitals and/or community pharmacies. A recent study published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives examined the pharmacist’s role in HIV care in this country.
For the study, 2 national surveys were sent. The first was an anonymous questionnaire for people living with HIV, and the second was an online survey for community and hospital pharmacies. A total of 1,137 people living with HIV and 246 pharmacies responded.
The surveys pertained to medication interviews with pharmacists during ARV dispensing, where patients could receive explanations about efficacy and tolerance, recommendations for proper use of their medication, and advice about any drug interactions. The surveys also pertained to online patient medication files. When these files are offered by pharmacists and accepted by patients covered by health insurance, they can be used to record all the drugs dispensed during the previous four months. A patient’s file thus constitutes a tool for coordinating prescriptions, generating advice, and identifying precautions in the use of different medications.
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