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The Power of Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist Handoffs During Transitions of Care

The Power of Pharmacist-to-Pharmacist Handoffs During Transitions of Care

August 16, 2019

Hospital readmissions are often medication-related and potentially preventable. Pharmacists can play a vital role in improving medication outcomes during transitions of care (TOC). Although numerous TOC practice models have been described, it remains unclear what practices will promote optimal continuity of care. A recently published study in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA) examined the impact of pharmacist-to-pharmacist handoffs using electronic communications to reduce hospital readmissions in high-risk patients.

Guest Authors: Jessica Wooster, PharmD, BCACP and Laressa Bethishou, PharmD, BCPS

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If Your Heart’s Not into It, Do You Really Need to Take Your Meds?

If Your Heart’s Not into It, Do You Really Need to Take Your Meds?

June 10, 2019

Dilated cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death and heart failure (HF) and the chief indication for cardiac transplantation. However, approximately 40% of patients see a significant improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction and reduction in the left ventricle size over time with pharmacologic treatment. As deprescribing becomes an increasingly important part of our clinical practice, we need more data about how deprescribing impacts outcomes, particularly in chronic diseases such as heart failure.  The recently published TRED-HF is attempted to address this important question: Is the burden of lifelong therapy with medications necessary or worth it in patients with "recovered" dilated cardiomyopathy?

Guest Author:  Jennifer Pruskowski, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CPE

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D-PRESCRIBE Study: As Age Goes Up, The Medication Must Go Down!

D-PRESCRIBE Study: As Age Goes Up, The Medication Must Go Down!

April 13, 2019

The D-PRESCRIBE study provides compelling evidence that a focused, systematic medication review conducted by community-based pharmacists coupled with patient education and written recommendations to prescribers results in a significant reduction in the use of potentially inappropriate medications.  In this episode, Christine Dimaculangan reviews the methods and results of the D-PRESCRIBE study and our expert panelists discuss its implications and implementation.

Guests: Christine Dimaculangan, PharmD.; Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, BCGP; and Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

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