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J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2009 Jan;3(1):175-9.

Pharmacists' role in improving diabetes medication management.

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  • 1University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, 69 N. Eagleville Rd., Unit 3092, Storrs, CT 06269-3092, USA. marie.smith@uconn.edu

Abstract

Today there are significant gaps between reaching the goal of "optimal medication therapy" and the current state of medication use in the United States. Pharmacists are highly accessible and well-trained--yet often underutilized--key health care professionals who can move us closer toward achieving better medication therapy outcomes for patients. Diabetes medication management programs led by pharmacists are described. This is consistent with the "medical home" concept of care that promotes primary care providers working collaboratively to coordinate patient-centered care. Pharmacists utilize their clinical expertise in monitoring and managing diabetes medication plans to positively impact health outcomes and empower patients to actively manage their health. In addition, pharmacists can serve as a resource to other health care providers and payers to assure safe, appropriate, cost-effective diabetes medication use.

KEYWORDS:

collaborative drug-therapy management; diabetes management; medication therapy management; pharmacists; role of pharmacists

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20046662
PMCID:
PMC2769842
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