Many people who use drugs (PWUD) attend community pharmacies for opioid substitution therapy (OST). Clients establish a trusting relationship with their pharmacist, and find it easy to access this service. This presented the National Health Service (NHS) Tayside in Scotland, UK with an opportunity to introduce hepatitis C (HCV) testing and treatment services alongside OST programs.
The Connecting and Care Project of the International Network on Health and Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU) showed that pharmacy-based HCV testing is an effective way to PWUD community testing and increases linkage to care for affected populations in rural or remote areas.
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