HEALTHCARE PARTNERS AROUND THE TABLE


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Role of the Pharmacist:

  • Fills prescriptions per providers orders, after checking for any contraindications
  • Educate patients on how and when to take medicine, advising on potential side effects
  • Advises about general health topics
  • Teaches other healthcare practitioners about proper medication therapies for patients
  • Completes insurance forms
  • Oversees the work of pharmacy technicians and pharmacists in training (interns)

Source - www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Pharmacists.htm#tab-2

How to Partner with the Pharmacist:

  • Learn what pharmacist can and cannot do in your state by checking with the Board of Pharmacy
  • Meet with local pharmacists to discuss their role in hypertension control and management such as; performing in-pharmacy blood pressure (bp) checks, advising on home bp self-monitoring, educating patients on hypertension medications, and tracking refill patterns
  • Meet with local pharmacists to discuss their role in diabetes control and management such as; in-pharmacy blood glucose checks, advising on home blood glucose monitoring, educating patients on diabetes medications and tracking refill patterns
  • Discuss possible models for hypertension and/ or diabetes management with engaged pharmacists providing resources and/or examples (i.e. team-based care models)