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Why Pharmacists Are Critical To Primary Care In Southeast Asia

Pharmacists are critical to primary care. They are often the first point of access to healthcare because they are easily accessible to the public: they are often available 24 hours a day, protect confidentiality, do not require scheduling an appointment, and do not charge consultation fees. In fact, according to a 2005 study, individuals who live in regions with high numbers of primary care providers, like pharmacists, have better health outcomes than those who do not. However, pharmacists in developing regions like Southeast Asia are not being utilized to their full potential because their place in healthcare is not yet established. Therefore,

Five Ways Women Pharmacists Make A Difference

mClinica’s SwipeRx – Southeast Asia’s largest digital network of pharmacy professionals – supports women pharmacists through community and free continuing education. Before SwipeRx was available, pharmacists had to attend offline training events, often held in metropolitan areas. These events required that pharmacists pay to attend, take time off from work, and travel to training centers (sometimes far away) to fulfill their legal CPD requirements. This imposes a disproportionate burden on women, rural, and lower-income pharmacy professionals – a burden that SwipeRx seeks to resolve.  The latest figures reveal that out of the 101,728 pharmacy professionals using mClinica’s SwipeRx, a whopping 70%

Non-adherence to medicines hurts patients – but there are clear solutions

Patient non-adherence to medication is itself one of the most expensive disease categories worldwide, referring to both discontinuing medications and foregoing preventive health practices. Many systematic interventions and reviews have focused on single disease conditions and isolated intervention strategies. This methodology may not be practical for providers dealing with diverse populations – especially in Southeast Asia, where pharmacists are the first, if not only, point of contact with patients seeking treatment. Fortunately, there are clear solutions to overcoming the challenges of improving patient adherence, as well as powerful new platforms delivering these simple interventions, such as mClinica’s SwipeRx and Connect mobile applications.