Publication date: Jul 10, 2019
July 09, 2019 – A national survey of pharmacy directors revealed that pharmacists play an active role in stewardship programs to prevent the misuse of opioids.
Pharmacists play a key part in drug therapy management, a medication monitoring strategy that selects the right drug therapies, educates and monitors patients, and assesses patient outcomes.
In addition to asking about specific opioid-related programs and strategies, the survey asks respondents about pharmacy practice issues such as the management of medication therapies and pharmacist participation in outpatient clinics.
Most hospitals use electronic health records or clinical surveillance software to identify patients in need of drug therapy management and one-third of hospitals have pharmacists monitor all medication therapy.
-Hospital and health-system pharmacists play a major role as patient care providers on the interprofessional team in managing medication therapy, educating patients and other providers, and helping to solve public health issues like the opioid crisis and drug shortages,” said Ganio.
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