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Clinical Pharmacy

What is Clinical Pharmacy?

Clinical Pharmacy is an area of pharmacy that focuses on the science and practice of rational medication use. Pharmacists that specialize in clinical pharmacy provide patient care that optimizes medication therapy and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention and are considered the experts in the therapeutic use of medications. Clinical Pharmacy embraces the philosophy of pharmaceutical care by blending a caring orientation with specialized therapeutic knowledge, experience, and judgment for the purpose of ensuring optimal patient outcomes.

What does a Clinical Pharmacist do?

  • Assesses the patient’s health problems and determines whether the patient’s prescribed medications are optimally meeting the patient’s needs and goals of care.
  • Evaluates the correctness and usefulness of the patient’s medications.
  • Recognizes untreated health problems that could be improved or resolved with appropriate medication therapy.
  • Follows the patient’s progress to determine the effects of the patient’s medications on his or her health.
  • Consults with the patient’s physicians and other healthcare providers in selecting the medication therapy that best meets the patient’s needs and contributes effectively to the overall therapy goals.
  • Advises the patient on how to best take his or her medications.
  • Assists in direct care of patients in hospitals and surgeries.
  • Supports the healthcare team’s efforts to educate the patient on other important steps to improve or maintain health, such as exercise, diet, and preventive steps like immunization.
  • Refers the patient to his or her physician or other health professionals to address specific health, wellness, or social services concerns as they arise.

 

Clinical Pharmacy Services Offered at Roseman Medical Group

Roseman Medical Group’s clinical pharmacist offers a wide range of clinical pharmacy services to treat people of all ages and assist individuals with optimizing medication therapy in addition to promoting health, wellness and disease prevention.     

Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body does not properly turn food into energy. When diagnosed with diabetes the body either does not make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it makes as well as it should. There are three main types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 is caused by an autoimmune reaction that stops the body from making insulin. Type 2 diabetes is when the body does not use insulin well and cannot keep blood sugar at normal levels. Gestational diabetes develops while pregnant with women who have never had diabetes.

High Blood Pressure Treatment

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension or MBP, is when an individual’s blood pressure is consistently too high. Blood pressure is considered high when the systolic, also known as the upper number, is over 130 or when the diastolic, also known as the lower number, is over 80. 

High Cholesterol Treatment

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that circulates in the blood. As cholesterol increases so does the body’s health risk. High cholesterol contributes to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. There are two types of cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, also known as the bad cholesterol, and HDL cholesterol, also known as the good cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association too much of LDL cholesterol or not enough of HDL cholesterol, increases the risk cholesterol will slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain.

Medication Therapy Management

Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is a distinct service or group of servicesservices are independent of, but can occur in conjunction with, the provision of a medication productthat optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients. MTM provides an in-depth one-on-one review of all the patient’s medications (prescription, over the counter, vitamins and herbals) and evaluates the safety and effectiveness of the patient’s medication. MTM focuses on the patient’s medications interactions and side effects, the effects of medications to blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, review of cost-effective options available and determines the best time of day or order to take the medications.

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