Clinical Pharmacy Program
Heart disease and stroke are two leading causes of death in the US and are also among the most preventable. The leading controllable risk factor is high blood pressure.
Douglas County Health Department helped guide two federally qualified health centers —One World Community Health Center and Charles Drew Health Center — as they established a clinical pharmacy program for patients with high blood pressure that is not well controlled.
The program uses the health centers’ electronic medical records, team training, and operational protocols to assure that identified patients are supported by a link between their physician and pharmacist.
Through the program, OneWorld and Charles Drew are able to:
• Conduct clinical pharmacy consultations with patients and physicians;
• Work with pharmacists to monitor patients’ blood pressure regularly and adjust medications as necessary;
• Educate patients about the medication(s) they are taking;
• Schedule convenient follow-up blood pressure checks for patients; and
• Communicate with clinicians through electronic medical records.
Clinicians have noted that patients with a clinical pharmacist consult have seen as much as a 60% systolic blood pressure decrease.
In recognition of their efforts, OneWorld Community Health Center was recognized by the American Pharmacy Association as a finalist for the prestigious status as a 340B Peer-to-Peer Leading Practice site, Fall 2013 class. 340B Peer-to-Peer Leading Practice Sites are the gold standard for 340B pharmacy practice and help other 340B organizations become leading practice sites.