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