Many consumers choose to use complementary medicines and frequently purchase their complementary medicines from community pharmacy.

Pharmacists tend to vary in their approach to the sale of complementary medicines and recent media reports suggest that some pharmacies are failing to meet community expectations regarding the advice they provide. There is a need for clearer guidance for pharmacists regarding their responsibilities when selling complementary medicines. The investigators have developed an ethical framework for the sale of complementary medicines in community pharmacy. This project seeks to extend this work by evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of implementing the guidance provided by the ethical framework. Australian community pharmacists will be recruited to participate in focus groups. Focus groups will provide an opportunity to examine group views regarding current practice and to identify organisational, professional and personal barriers and facilitators to implementing the ethical framework in practice.

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Participation in the study has been accredited for a total of 3 CPD credits in a pharmacist’s CPD plan.


Community pharmacist working in Australia

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This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2019001860]