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Eckerd Puts Mind over Matter in Counseling-Only Pharmacy

Magazine article Drug Topics

Eckerd Puts Mind over Matter in Counseling-Only Pharmacy

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Pharmacy practice took a bold step forward with the recent opening of the Eckerd Patient Care Center in Largo, Fla., a nondispensing facility where the pharmacist's only role is to provide counseling, education, and other cognitive services. While some counseling-only pharmacies have been set up by independents, it is believed the new Eckerd center is among the first for a chain. Here, pharmacists focus on chronic health problems such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. By developing individualized care plans based on physician treatment goals, they make certain that patients understand and comply with their drug regimens.

The center represents a partnership between Eckerd Corp. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Eckerd owns and operates the center and provides services to patients; Novartis has partially underwritten development of the facility and will contribute research capabilities and expertise in health-care information management.

"Research shows that pharmacists are the nation's most trusted healthcare professionals, as well as the most accessible," said Eckerd chairman, president, and CEO, Frank Newman, at the grand opening Nov. 7. "A facility like this allows us to leverage their knowledge and expertise and elevate their role in patient care. The pharmacists here take an active role in disease state management by helping patients lead fuller, longer lives."

Patients may come in on their own or by referral from a health-care or wellness professional. Services, beginning at $25, are covered by some insurance plans; patients not covered must pay out of pocket.

The Eckerd center, housed in a new outpatient center, is staffed by two pharmacists. A four-step process begins with an assessment of drug therapy, including indication, efficacy, safety, and compliance. An individualized care plan then seeks to resolve and prevent drug therapy problems and meet treatment goals. Patients are counseled and monitored over time, with follow-up evaluations.

The wellness programs include:

Asthma care, to teach patients management of their disease, including the use of peak flow meters, inhalers, and spacers.

Diabetes care, where patients learn to monitor blood glucose levels at home and make positive lifestyle changes. …

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