Expression of Interest for Screening and Monitoring Point of Care Device

Expression of interest for the identification of point of care testing devices capable of simultaneously delivering a full lipid profile (Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and TGc) and HbA1c measurement from a capillary blood sample.

The sample must be drawn by the operating pharmacist through a single finger prick and > 25uL of blood must be sufficient to perform both tests. The device must support an internal quality control system and must have inbuilt automatic calibration capabilities as well as the ability to connect to an IT interface for data management, storage and retrieval.

The selected device provider must  be demonstrably capable of installation of the device and of training the device operators. Training should not be limited to device operation but must be designed in order to equip participating pharmacists with the skills necessary to interpret results and to positively intervene with patients in a community pharmacy scenario.

Interested parties are invited to reply to this expression of interest via email by not later than noon of August 30th.

The Kamra is committed to meet all interested parties.

The Kamra will select a provider from among interested parties based upon the information provided.

The Kamra reserves the right of selection, and its decision is final.

Date published 16th August 2016

Deadline of submission 30th August 2016

General Info about the Project

Targeting Obesity as a National Disability through a Community Pharmacist Driven Approach

The Executive Council has been successful in securing funds from the Malta Community Chest Fund (90% Funding, 10% Benficiary Funds) to run a project within community pharmacies that aims to screen ‘at risk ‘ patients for dyslipidaemia and diabetes mellitus. The ultimate aim of this project is to secure epidemiological data to submit to government in support of the concept of placing point of care testing services in  community pharmacies, for which the community pharmacist would then be reimbursed.

The project as designed is 2 tiered. On the one hand is a school based educational campaign run by pharmacists, and on the other is the community pharmacy based point of care screening project.