Pharmacist Involvement Key to Successful Chronic Disease Management

MARCH 12, 2016
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Pharmacists providing care for those with chronic conditions should work as closely as possible with patients and other health care providers.
That was the central theme discussed at the Directions in Pharmacy 6th Annual CE Conference, which featured 7 live interactive sessions held today at the Crowne Plaza Princeton in Plainsboro, New Jersey.
In particular, pharmacy experts highlighted the pharmacist’s role in treatment strategies for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), atrial fibrillation, heart failure, opioid-induced constipation (OIC), and type 2 diabetes.
Within those clinically relevant areas, experts outlined the following ways pharmacists can help ensure favorable patient outcomes.
1. To improve adherence to antiplatelet agents for ACS, pharmacists can:
·      Tailor the choice of specific antiplatelet therapy following drug-eluting stent implantation to patient-specific variables such as age and comorbidities.
·      Employ evidence-based interventions shown to improve adherence, such as telephone reminders, waiving/reducing medication co-payments, unit-dose packaging, and automated refill reminders.
·      Conduct , perform medication and drug use evaluations, and provide patient education on nutrition and exercise.
Source: Joel C. Marrs, PharmD, FCCP, FASHP, FNLA, BCPS-AQ Cardiology, BCACP, CLS, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.