Medicines use review (MedsCheck) and diabetes medication management (Diabetes MedsCheck)
The guidelines for pharmacists providing medicines use review (MedsCheck) and diabetes medication management (Diabetes MedsCheck) services have been developed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia for pharmacists providing MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck services under Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (5CPA) funding arrangements.
They are aimed at assisting pharmacists to exercise their professional judgement and to promote a consistently high quality service.
MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck services are structured pharmacy services, which take place in the pharmacy, involving face-to-face consultations between the pharmacist and consumer. These services are designed to sit between ad hoc medication reviews that occur at time of dispensing and Home Medicines Reviews.
MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck services are limited by the information available at the time of the consultation. They aim to facilitate discussion with the consumer focusing on improving medicine use through education, self-management and medication adherence strategies with the goal of improved health outcomes.
MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck services are part of the suite of Medication Management Review (MMR) programs available under 5CPA. These programs have the common aim of improving the quality use of medicines and reducing adverse drug events among people using multiple medicines by helping them better understand and manage their medicines.
These Guidelines also provide assistance to pharmacists on professional issues and obligations related to MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck activities. They are not intended to provide clinical information and it is the responsibility of individual pharmacists to maintain their clinical skills, knowledge and competence.