Five legal points about offering health services
Offering health care services is increasingly seen as a way to offset reduction in dispensing revue. But pharmacists who don’t do their homework could find this more of a headache than a panacea.
Here are five things a medico-legal expert wants pharmacists to know:
Check your insurance: While most pharmacists have insurance, it may need to be extended to cover health services as well as dispensing, says medico-legal expert Bill Madden, special counsel at Carroll and O’Dea Lawyers.
Keep comprehensive patient records: Mr Madden advises pharmacists to keep formal records with the patient’s name, address and GP details.
The records should also contain important health information such as allergies and contraindications — particularly important for administering Fluvax.
It’s critical to document any adverse findings and what