Marta Jóźwiak-Bębenista, Magdalena Jasińska-Stroschein, Michał Karbownik, Micha
Farmaceuci dla pacjentów – rola farmaceutów z aptek ogólnodostępnych w polskim systemie ochrony zdrowia publicznego w kontekście prowadzenia pacjentów uzależnionych od tytoniu
Pharmacists for the patients - the role of pharmacists from community pharmacies in the Polish public health care system in the context of dealing with patients addicted to tobacco
Restricting smoking is one of the most important public health challenges in Poland and in the world. The implementation of the program aimed at facilitating the fight against tobacco addiction is a great interest of pharmacists from generally accessible pharmacies, which thus become an important tool limiting the harmfulness resulting from smoking of tobacco products, both individually and in terms of population. A pharmacist working in an open pharmacy has access to a wide range of OTC drugs used to treat tobacco addiction. As a specialist in medicine, a pharmacist can help choose the right OTC drug, consistent with the patient‘s preference concerning the form and possible interactions with already taken medications permanently. The authors of the publication argue that the role of a pharmacist should not be limited only to the issue of the cheapest drug to help quit smoking, but a person after 5 years of medical studies is able to choose the right OTC drug knowing the patient‘s smoking history and medications, as well as supervise a patient addicted to tobacco. Such a procedure increases the patient‘s chances of getting out of addiction, and thus positively affects the patient‘s health. This article raises the problem of not fully exploited potential of pharmacists in public health protection, as well as proposes a pharmacist‘s algorithm for dealing with a patient addicted to tobacco as a part of pharmaceutical care in public pharmacies.
Keywords: pharmaceutical care, smoking, health promotion, Pharmaceutical public health, nicotine replacement therapy
© Farm Pol, 2018, 74 (9): 548–556