Unleash drug therapy management, pharmacy leader urges
WASHINGTON —The newly installed president of the nation’s oldest national pharmacy organization is urging pharmacists to quickly expand their role as patient care practitioners through the delivery of medication therapy management to their patients.
Harold Godwin, named president of the American Pharmacists Association during its 158th Annual Meeting and Exposition, is making the expansion of medication therapy management delivered by community pharmacists a catchword of his administration. Godwin told meeting attendees that pharmacists’ efforts to improve patient medication use and outcomes must be a primary focus of their professional practices.
“Whether you are a student pharmacist or a seasoned pharmacist like me, we all seek the same thing: recognition and ability to utilize our knowledge and skills to take care of patients,” said Godwin, who is professor, chair of pharmacy practice and associate dean at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. In large part, he said, that means “helping patients take responsibility for their medication therapy.”
Godwin noted the current “medication use crisis” afflicting the United States, but added that pharmacists, “when empowered,…can fix it.”
APhA’s new chief said improving patient outcomes could involve simple steps by community pharmacists, such as encouraging patients to carry a copy of their current medication lists, making sure they are actually taking their medications on a daily basis and making them aware of such pharmacist-based services as MTM.
Godwin told APhA members that 2010 will be a year of challenges and opportunities. “We’ve made great strides,” he said. “But we must continue to advance our goals in policy, advocacy, MTM and immunizations.”
Teva receives tentative approval for generic Sensipar
JERUSALEM The Food and Drug Administration has granted tentative approval to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ generic version of an Amgen drug, Teva said Friday.
The FDA gave the tentative approval to cincacalcet hydrochloride tablets in the 30-mg, 60-mg and 90-mg strengths. The drug is a generic version of Amgen’s Sensipar, which has annual sales of $458 million, according to IMS Health. The drug is used to treat secondary hyperparathyroidism in patients with chronic kidney disease on dialysis.
Tentative approval means that the drug meets most of the conditions for approval, but the FDA cannot grant final approval because the patents covering the drug don’t expire until December 2016, according to FDA records. Teva and Amgen are currently involved in patent litigation concerning the drug in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, though a trial has not been set, Teva said.
RediClinic introduces Teen Health Package
HOUSTON RediClinic is launching in time for summer camp and upcoming school sports a new health package designed specifically for teenagers.
The new Teen Health Package includes a physical exam, an acne consultation and an immunization review for $59.
"We all know that adolescence is a time of great change," stated Susan Cooley King, VP clinical services. "With this in mind, RediClinic created a special health package that addresses the specific health needs of a teen."
Physical exams are always in season. They are required by summer camps and for participation in school sports. During a RedlClinic physical, a clinician evaluates the teen’s medical history. The exam is then performed, checking their physical health including, but not limited to, chest and heart, lymph nodes, blood pressure and abdomen.
Patients of the Teen Health Package also will receive an evaluation of their acne issues and the clinician will make recommendations for the most appropriate treatment ranging from over-the-counter medications to prescriptions.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 85% of American teenagers are effected by acne.
Patients also will receive an immunization review whereby the clinician will review the teen’s immunization history, identify which vaccines the patient needs for school admission and administer the vaccines, for an additional charge if necessary.