Albion provides a unique HIV specialised outpatient pharmacy service.
The pharmacy dispenses a restricted range of medicines including antiretroviral therapy (ART) and antiviral therapy for Hepatitis C.
The pharmacy supplies medicines under the Highly Specialised Drugs Program of the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). These medicines must be prescribed by an authorised prescriber; including authorised community prescribers such as accredited General Practitioners.
Medication counselling is provided to patients. In particular, if a patient is new to treatment or is switching treatments they should expect to receive counselling on the following:
- How to take their medicine, i.e. the dose and when best to take their medicine in relation to food.
- Potential adverse effects of medicines and ways of overcoming these.
- Potential drug interactions with prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines or herbal and complementary medicines.
- Strategies and tips on how to remember to take their medicines regularly to ensure it is working.
Pharmacists are also available to review medicines and discuss any aspect of a patient’s medicine at any time; simply contact the pharmacy to make an appointment.
Antiretroviral medications are available from community pharmacies as well as hospital pharmacies. This means you can collect your medications from any pharmacy. These changes to the supply of HIV medicines now mean that patients will have more choice about where and when to collect their medicines.