Pharmacists still have role to play in aged care QUM

Drug Usage Evaluations (DUEs) are now an essential tool for ensuring quality use of medicines in aged care facilities, a leading consultant pharmacist believes.

Following the decision to limit aged care residents to one RMMR every two years, Debbie Rigby, chair of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia’s Accredited Pharmacists Reference Group, believes the profession has to use alternative services to prevent the misuse of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes.

“Pharmacists can still do DUEs, which are very effective in identifying prescribing trends and then