Pharmacists To Provide Medication Therapy Management And Disease Prevention Services To South Florida Residents During Florida’s Largest Health Fair

February 3, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Florida pharmacists will join forces with nurses, physicians assistants, physicians and chiropractors to provide disease prevention and medication therapy management (MTM) services to Miami area residents during Florida’s largest annual public health fair to be held on February 14, 2009 at Miami Dade Community College from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Uninsured residents or those who may not have access to regular medication attention will have access to a number of planned screenings by trained pharmacists, including, cholesterol/blood glucose, blood pressure, body composition analysis, cardiac risk assessment, medication review and bone density screening. Additionally, pharmacists will provide patient counseling and assessment on medication compliance, medication-nutrient interactions and medication adverse drug reactions.

These patient care services provided by pharmacists are known as medication therapy management (MTM). MTM is a partnership of the pharmacist, the patient or their caregiver, and other health professionals that promotes the safe and effective use of medications and helps patients achieve healthier outcomes from medication therapy.

According to pharmacist Norm Tomaka, president of the Florida Pharmacy Association, “Our goal is to empower those attending to get involved with their health care by tapping into the expert information pharmacists provide.”

Studies have found that patients who work with their pharmacists to manage their medications and health have:

– Lower health care costs

– Fewer trips to emergency departments

– Fewer hospitalizations

– Fewer problems caused by medications

– A better understanding of how to take their medications

– Better management of health conditions like diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, depression, and blood clots.

This year marks the first time since the inception of the annual health fair in 2007 that pharmacists will join the ranks of other medical practitioners providing much needed medical services to South Florida residents.

About the American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, represents more than 63,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. APhA members provide care in all practice settings, including community pharmacies, health systems, long-term care facilities, managed care organizations, hospice settings, and the uniformed services.

American Pharmacists Association



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