The Pharmacies in Norway provides some health-care services. From 2016 patients have received guidance on their inhalation technique. In 2018 Norwegian pharmacies startet up the New Medicine Service for heart patients. In 2020 Norwegian pharmacies got the right to prescribe influenza vaccines.
Vaccination of seasonal flu in pharmacies has developed from a pilot project in 2017 to a national service in 2020. Despite the authorities' decision to prioritize flu vaccines to risk groups, the interest in taking the flu vaccine in pharmacies has been record high. In 2020, around 900 pharmacies have administered more than 100,000 influenza vaccines, compared with almost 33,000 influenza vaccines in 2019. The pharmacies have increased access to influenza vaccines for the Norwegian population by 20 per cent. Of the nearly 100,000 vaccines in pharmacies, 77,000 were ordered by a pharmacist
New Medicine Service
New Medicine Service «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. By the end of 2020, more than 30,000 consultations had been made. This is an increase by 44 percent from 2019. “New Medicine Service” has continued to be a popular service through the pandemic because the pharmacists were able to do it by phone.
Checking inhaler technique
This service was officially launched in 2016 by the Minister of Health. In 2020, there was a decrease in the number of inhalation-technique guidance by 16 percent. It has been possible to carry out this service in the pharmacy, but strict infection control measures explain the decline compared to the previous year. However, with over 62,000 inhalation instructions, the pharmacies show that they manage to deliver the service in a good way in a demanding time.