Medicines update

Spirometry a success in pharmacy

Pharmacists can successfully and reliably meet existing guidelines when using spirometry, Australian research shows.

Data from two large asthma intervention trials of 892 people saw 68.5% of spirometry sessions conducted by pharmacists achieve three acceptable tests. Almost all (96%) of spirometry sessions included at least one test that met ATS/ERS acceptability criteria.

“Community pharmacists were able to reliably achieve spirometry results meeting ATS/ERS guidelines in people with asthma,” the authors said. &ldquo