The Pharmacies in Norway perform services as screening for diabetes, control of blood pressure, control of cholesterol. From 2016 patients have received guidance on their inhalation technique. In 2018 Norwegian pharmacies startet up the new Medicine service for heart patients.
Checking inhaler technique
This service was officially launched in 2016 by the Minister of Health. Since then more than 100,000 inhaler technique instructional services have been completed. The pharmacies report that 7 out of 10 patients who received the service were not correctly administering their inhaled medicines and hence their technique was corrected.
New Medicine Service
In December 2017, the Norwegian Parliament approved the introduction of a pilot project with New Medicine Service (Medisinstart) in pharmacies. At the same time, they granted NOK 4 million over the national budget. This means that 9,000 heart patients can receive the service for free in Norwegian pharmacies in 2018. «Medisinstart» is a new pharmacy service intended for patients with cardiovascular diseases starting up with a new medicine. The service consists of two follow-up consultations with a pharmacist. The first at 1-2 weeks and the second at 3-5 weeks after start of the new medicine.
The service is based on research showing that problems with newly prescribed medicines appear and that a significant portion of patients quickly becomes non-adherent.