What does a clinical pharmacist do?
The American College of Clinical Pharmacy defines a clinical pharmacist as a pharmacist who works hand in hand with physicians, other healthcare professionals and patients to optimize patients’ medication regimens and ensure optimal health outcomes.
What is a PharmD?
Pharmacists with a Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree have completed a rigorous 4-year academic curriculum which includes training both in the classroom and during experiential rotations. Upon completion of coursework, a PharmD must pass a national board exam as well a law exam for the respective state in which he or she chooses to practice. Many pharmacists also complete either a one or two year residency upon graduation to specialize and train in a specific field of pharmacy.
How can they help me in my total care?
Clinical pharmacists assist in total patient care by assessing the appropriateness and effectiveness of their patients’ medications, follow-up on patients’ progress, and identify lapses in treatment which could be helped with drug therapy.
When should I utilize the services of a clinical pharm?
Clinical pharmacy services should be utilized if you have general questions about your medications, assistance with managing your chronic diseases, a comprehensive review of the safety and efficacy of your medications, help with applying for financial assistance, and any other medication-related concerns. We can work with your providers to customize your medication regimen to best fit your health needs.
What should I expect in a visit?
You should expect to have an in depth conversation about your medications (how they work, side effects, interactions, etc.). It is helpful for you to bring either a bag of your medications or a detailed medication list. If the primary reason for your visit with the clinical pharmacist is to discuss financial assistance for medications, please bring proof of income (i.e. tax return, pay stubs, Social Security statement) as well as proof of being in the Medicare part D donut hole if applicable.
How do I schedule a visit?
If you are interested in meeting with a clinical pharmacist to discuss your medication regimen, talk to your physician about a referral to our service. During your visit, we will be as thorough as possible when discussing your medications. Follow-up visits may be scheduled if additional time is needed.