Monday, December 7, 2015

Pharmacy in Colorado: 2015 Independent Community Pharmacy Survey Report Released

One of the best ways to manage chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes is to ensure the effective use of medications through a focus on medication adherence and optimization, supports that community pharmacists are uniquely qualified to provide. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and RxPlus, the state association for independent community pharmacy, partnered on a survey to better understand the current state of pharmacy practice.

Survey highlights include:

-  All respondents indicated that their pharmacies provide consultation services to clients daily or on most days of the week, though most indicated that they encountered barriers in providing consultation to patients. The most common barriers included issues with insurance payments, difficulties in billing and difficulties in documenting services.
- 62% of pharmacists promote medication management OR patient self-management of high blood pressure for patients AND 75% of pharmacists promote medication management OR patient self-management of diabetes 

- Just over half (57%) of respondents reported providing immunizations to clients and 70% provide referrals to a smoking cessation program or method.

- Half of respondents indicated that they coordinate regularly with their local clinics, hospitals and health centers.

The full report is available on our website, along with the 2014 report.

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