Pharmacy World & Science

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Written medicine information in Australia, answer to the letter to the editor

  • Agnes VitryEmail author
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Thank you for the opportunity to answer to Dr Aslani’s comments on our publication about the provision of medicines information in Australian community pharmacies [1].

Dr Aslani’s first main concern was the lack of comparison of our findings with the results of other studies that examined the provision of Consumer Medicines Information (CMI). We do not understand this comment. The first part of our discussion compared our results with figures reported in the two previous large Australian consumer surveys: the 2003–2004 Quality Care Pharmacy Program Project (QCPP) survey [2] and the Brenton et al. 2003–2004 surveys [3] that evaluated the Medicines Information for Consumers (MIC) Program that had been set up to improve the distribution of CMIs. Both of these studies reported slightly higher CMI provision rates than in our study but still in the low range. The 1998 Aslani reference in the Australian Pharmacist [4] provided indeed additional figures on the provision of CMI...


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  1. 1.
    Vitry A, et al. Provision of medicines information in Australian community pharmacies. Pharm World Sci. 2009;31(2):154–7.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management, et al. Final report on the evaluation of the Quality Care Pharmacy Program. Canberra: Pharmacy Guild of Australia; 2005.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Brenton M, Snow K, Parr V. Evaluation of the MIC program: final report. Canberra: Pharmacy Guild of Australia; 2004.Google Scholar
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    Aslani P, Benrimoj S, Krass I. Use of CMI by NSW community pharmacists—a baseline study. Aust Pharm. 1998;17:15–20.Google Scholar
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    University of South Australia—Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre, et al. Consumer experiences, needs and expectations of community pharmacy. Canberra: Pharmacy Guild of Australia; 2005, cited 7 Aug 2009.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research CentreSansom Institute, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia

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