Saving Lives: The Role of The Pharmacist in HIV

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It’s a GREAT Day at MichRx Pharmacist Consulting Services,Inc. On January 16th (last week) the California State Board of Pharmacy issued the Advanced Practice Pharmacist Licence (APh) to Michelle.

On October 1st, 2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 493 into law. It was this law that recognized pharmacists as healthcare providers in California.  The law stated “pharmacists are health care providers who have the authority to provide health care services.” Since then the State Board of Pharmacy has created a new pharmacy licence, Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APh)  which is coterminous with the primary licence to practice pharmacy.

Advanced Practice Pharmacists are authorized to do the following:

  • Perform patient assessments
  • Order and interpret drug therapy-related tests in coordination with a patient’s primary care provider or diagnosing prescriber to monitor patient progress
  • Refer patients to other health care providers
  • Participate in the evaluation and management of diseases and health conditions in collaboration with other health care providers
  • In accordance with a protocol with a physician or facility, a pharmacist may initiate, adjust, and discontinue drug therapy upon referral from a patient’s treating prescriber when necessary and medically appropriate

Less than 500 APh licences have been issued so far in California and I am VERY proud to be number 462.

MichRx Pharmacist Consulting Services is a healthcare and training company providing state of the art Medication Therapy Management (MTM) and telehealth consulting with a focus on HIV Care, resulting in improved patient outcomes and increased profits for our clients.

We create these results by focusing on the role of the pharmacist as a key healthcare provider, saving patients lives, improving outcomes and enhancing patient quality of life. The care provided is across all stakeholders such as pharmacists, physicians, third party payors, PBM’s and clinics.

The Ubuntu Pharmacist Care Program is an Chronic Care Management and Medication Therapy Management and consulting program developed by MichRx Pharmacist Consulting Services in Dana Point, CA. Consultations are provided at clinics, physician’s offices, AIDS Service Organizations as well as online via HIVThrive.com.

Patients are either self enrolled or referred by various providers. Cases are reviewed by the HIV Pharmacist Specialist and care plans are developed and communicated to the patient, other care providers, family members, and other entities as necessary for improved overall patient outcomes.

Beyond HIV   

Ubuntu Pharmacist Care Program goes beyond HIV Care. In 2018 over 50% of the patients living with HIV in United States are >50 years old, and in 2030 73% of the patients living with HIV will be >50 years old. With an aging population and comorbidities associated with HIV and aging, pharmacists are poised to provide advanced pharmacy practice and clinical services, as part of the patient’s healthcare team, providing tremendous value to the entire healthcare continuum.                   

Ubuntu Pharmacist Care Program goes beyond HIV Care. In 2018 over 50% of the patients living with HIV in United States are >50 years old, and in 2030 73% of the patients living with HIV will be >50 years old. With an aging population and comorbidities associated with HIV and aging, pharmacists are poised to provide advanced pharmacy practice and clinical services, as part of the patient’s healthcare team, providing tremendous value to the entire healthcare continuum.

The Value of  the pharmacist as a healthcare provider has been proven to improve patient outcomes and has GREAT value to the healthcare continuum, keeping people healthier and decreasing overall healthcare costs, that is why pharmacists must be paid for these services

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