American Pharmacists Association

New Study Shows Pharmacists-Involvement Can Dramatically Improve Vaccination RatesWhen pharmacists know a patients’ vaccination histories, vaccination rates go up.
Up to 26% of Hospital Readmissions are Preventable and Medication-BasedA new study looks at how pharmacists can prevent medication-related admissions.
Self-Assessment Tool Can Help Improve Medication SafetyRevised ISMP tool helps pharmacies see where they may be missing best practices.
Food, Juice, and Drugs: Hold the Grapefruit
Food, Juice, and Drugs: Hold the GrapefruitDo your patients know about the interactions between common foods and drugs? We take a look at what you need to know.
Pharmacy groups request more time to comply with track/trace requirementsThe American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Pharmacists Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations have asked the FDA to allow more time for pharmacists to comply with the track and trace requirements for “dispensers.”
Pharmacist one step closer to CongressWith his recent victory in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, pharmacist and State Sen. Buddy Carter is now considered the favorite to win the seat in November.
Polio advisory issued for international travelersFollowing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration that the spread of polio presents an international public health emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health advisory to clinicians regarding vaccinations.
Post-discharge pharmacist follow-up as important as pre-discharge med reviewPharmacists who contacted high-risk patients within 72 hours of discharge from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, found more than half of the patients had medication-related issues. In a different group of high-risk patients who had received inpatient interventions, 35% of patients were found to have issues after a pharmacist reviewed their medications just prior to discharge, according to Laura Carr, PharmD.
Pharmacist pre- and post-discharge medication review equally importantPharmacists who contacted high-risk patients within 72 hours of discharge from Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, found more than half of the patients had medication-related issues. In a different group of high-risk patients who had received inpatient interventions, 35% of patients were found to have issues after a pharmacist reviewed their medications just prior to discharge, according to Laura Carr, PharmD.
The pharmacists’ role in transitions of carePoor transitions in care cost the U.S. healthcare system $45 billion in 2011. Of the 1.5 million medication errors that harm patients each year, approximately 60% occur during transitions of care, according to Stephanie Kleyman, PharmD, who spoke about opportunities for pharmacists in transitions of care at the 2014 American Pharmacists Association annual meeting in Orlando.