The Pharmacist provides medication management and works with the inter-professional team to best meet the needs of clients.
A critically important action taken to improve safety across transitions of care is medication reconciliation, which involves the pharmacist working with Providers and community pharmacists.
As a member of the inter-disciplinary primary care team the pharmacist assists the Primary Care Providers with:
- Selecting the best medications for the patients
- Selecting the best medication regimens for the patients
- Documenting medication-related information
- Providing a complete medication review
- Screening patients for Medication Related Problems
- Providing information to practitioners
- Tapering opioids and benzodiazepines
- Educating clients about their medications
Pharmacist consultations and interventions have led to:
- Improved adherence to treatment guidelines
- Preventing complications from Drug Related Problems (DRP), which may lead to life-threatening complications and/or emergency dept. visits or hospitalization
- Preventing drug interactions through “good catches”