Community pharmacy has unequalled access to people with chronic pain through the dispensing of medicines and sale of over-the-counter (OTC) products. Chronic pain can have a devastating impact on people’s lives and many would benefit from better treatment strategies focusing on living with pain.
Community pharmacy is perfectly positioned to help people with chronic pain through assessment and the co-development of an action plan with realistic goals. The pharmacy can offer alternatives to simple analgesics, including referrals to other service providers. We may not always be able to cure the pain, but we can help people live a more active and productive life.