Travel health clinics can boost the income of pharmacies, while supporting patients. But to remain relevant they need to adapt to changes in their customers’ travel destinations, new advice for vaccines abroad and technological innovation.
Management of insect-borne diseases has seen big developments in the last couple of years. Pharmacists in travel clinics are used to providing chemoprophylaxis to prevent malaria, for example. However, the classification of certain malaria preventions has changed. In addition, pharmacists now need to be more aware of other insect-spread diseases, such as Zika virus, dengue fever and encephalitis.
Larry Goodyer, professor of pharmacy practice at De Montfort University and a travel health specialist, says “the big change” was the switch of a 250mg/100mg atovaquone/proguanil