Medication Use Review (MedsCheck) and Diabetes Medication Management Services (Diabetes MedsCheck)

About MedsCheck: Under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement (Fifth Agreement) two new programs have commenced, Medicines Use Review and the Diabetes Medication Management Services, now known as the MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck programs respectively.

Page last updated: 01 July 2014

The five year Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia commenced on 1 July 2015 and is a key element of the PBS Access and Sustainability Package, announced in the 2015-16 Budget. Further information about the 6CPA can be found on the PBS website.

The MedsCheck/Diabetes MedsCheck Program provides for in-pharmacy reviews of consumers who are taking multiple medications and/or have newly diagnosed or poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes. These reviews are aimed at enhancing the quality use of medicines and reducing the number of adverse drug events experienced by consumers.

MedsCheck is an in-pharmacy, consumer centred service which aims to enhance the quality use of medicines by:

    • educating community based consumers about their medicines including how medicines affect medical conditions;
    • identifying any problems they may be experiencing with their medicines; and
    • understanding interactions between medicines.
Diabetes MedsCheck is an in-pharmacy, consumer centred service. The service provides a review of medications with a focus on the consumer’s type 2 diabetes medication management, their monitoring devices and self-management and where the consumer has no timely access to other diabetes health services. It aims to:
    • optimise a consumer’s effective use of medicine through improving understanding of, and compliance with, their diabetes medication therapy;
    • improve a consumer’s effective use of blood glucose monitoring devices through training and education; and
    • reduce the risk of the consumer developing complications associated with type 2 diabetes.
What do I need to do to provide the MedsCheck service?

From 1 March 2014, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia will process applications and claims for payments for the RMMR Programme. For further information, please visit the 5CPA website.