Magazine article Drug Topics

Setting Up a Hypertension Program in Three Easy Steps

Magazine article Drug Topics

Setting Up a Hypertension Program in Three Easy Steps

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Many community pharmacists think that to offer a hypertension management program, they have to be pharmacology experts. Dispelling that myth, Donald Fedder, Dr.Ph., M.P.H., said there are plenty of opportunities for pharmacists in this area.

"Pharmacists are paralyzed by people who say they have to go back and get [another] degree," he pointed out.

According to Fedder, who is professor, department of pharmacy practice and administrative science, and research professor, department of epidemiology and preventive medicine at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, hypertension management doesn't have to be that complicated. "What pharmacists need to do is to do it," he said, noting that hypertension management is "not all drugs."

Fedder said there are three basic things patients need to do to control their blood pressure:

* Be aware that they have to control their blood pressure.

* Follow the prescribed therapeutic regimen, whether it's behavioral or pharmacological.

* Follow up with their doctor on a regular basis. …

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