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John Dunlop

From a New Zealand Clinical Pharmacy Perspective

John is a successful New Zealand pharmacist and has extensive experience in community pharmacy, being a proprietor of a specialised service pharmacy for many years. This pharmacy did not have the traditional retailing component of community pharmacy, but specialised in prescription medicines and over-the-counter medicines and health advice and was sold in 2002. Since 1993 John has moved out of community pharmacy, becoming principal pharmacist and then general manager of the National Preferred Medicines Centre (PreMeC). PreMeC focused on improving the prescribing of general practitioners, utilising pharmacist facilitators.

Seeing opportunities for pharmacists in primary care, John moved to the Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand and became the Manager responsible for introducing Comprehensive Pharmaceutical Care® (CPC®) in 1996. This role expanded to becoming the Manager of Professional Pharmacy Development, and then General Manager of the New Zealand College of Pharmacists.

Wanting to implement the opportunities for primary care pharmacists, John formed a company, Comprehensive Pharmaceutical Solutions Ltd (CPSL) with other pharmacists who had postgraduate qualifications. Amongst other work, CPSL has undertaken reviews of clinical pharmacy services in hospitals, and been contracted to prepare research based models for pharmacist services for a Distract Health Board and other government agencies.

Currently, through CPSL, John works with both New Zealand’s largest Primary Health Organisation and four smaller Primary Health Organisation of approximately 10,000 high-needs patients each, as the Clinical Advisory Pharmacist. His role is to help general practitioners with their prescribing, undertake CPC® medication reviews, and liaise with community pharmacy, generating opportunities for them to provide enhanced services. He is also a clinical lecturer for postgraduate students at Otago University and Auckland University.

John has a Masters in Pharmacy Practice and is currently completing his postgraduate Doctorate of Pharmacy through the University of Auckland Dept of General Practice and Primary Health Care, in the area of pharmacist prescribing for heart failure. He is a Member of the College of Pharmacy Practice, a Fellow of The Australian College of Pharmacists, and of the New Zealand College of Pharmacists and Chairman of the Clinical Advisory Pharmacists Association. He is also a government appointed member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

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