April 11, 2020 13:04:41
Changes to Queensland’s drug therapy protocols will allow pharmacists to offer more services such as prescribing more emergency medications during the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Steven Miles has announced.
Under the amendments, Mr Miles said pharmacists would be given further provisions for dispensing emergency medications as well as having a wider range to substitute medications.
“So if people can’t get to their prescriber, they will be able to access emergency medications,” Mr Miles said.
Pharmacists would also be allowed to deliver a COVID-19 vaccine when it was eventually made available.
“That means that communities right across the state, everywhere in the state, will have very quick access to the vaccine when it comes,” Mr Miles said.
But Mr Miles said the wait for a vaccine could be “some time”.
“Even 12 months would be considered a very ambitious time frame 18 months is probably more reasonable,” he said.
Queensland Pharmacy Guild vice president Chris Owen said the changes were “instrumental” in protecting Queenslanders.
“Especially those at risk those who are self-isolating at home, those who are over 70, or have a chronic illness, will be able to receive enhanced healthcare access,” Mr Owen said.
Meanwhile, another nine cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Queensland overnight, bringing the state’s tally to 974.
Of those, 28 people were currently in hospital, with 12 in intensive care units on ventilators.
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Mr Miles said the state had seen a “very dramatic decline” in the average number of weekly cases.
“Our seven-day total is 77 when I spoke last Saturday it was 274 [and] the Saturday before that it had peaked at 380,” he said.
“Everything that Queenslanders are doing to defeat COVID-19 is working.”
Who should present to COVID-19 clinics?
- People with a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, AND, in the last 14 days:
- they were a close contact or a household contact of a confirmed case, OR
- they had been overseas, including on a cruise
Testing is also possible for people who have a fever (or history of fever) or acute respiratory symptoms, AND:
Queensland Health has set up testing and fever clinics for people who may be infected with COVID-19.Patients who are tested should remain isolated at home until they receive their test results.For more information about coronavirus call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or go to the Queensland Health website
April 11, 2020 13:00:39
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