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Pharmacists Expanding the Diabetes Care Team

Course: Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE,
Vice President for Innovations,
Adjunct Clinical Instructor/Preceptor
University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy
Article: Sherilyn A. Francis, MPH

The contributions of pharmacists to the clinical and community care team in areas such as: collaborative drug therapy management; health information technology and personalized medicine are essential toward improving the quality of care, cost-effectiveness, patient experience and clinical outcomes. It is imperative that we recognize that pharmacists are paramount to the achievement of diabetes health equity.

The July edition of Transformation explores the integration of pharmacists into the diabetes care team. Also, we evaluate the role of pharmacists as they:

  1. Practice within a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or clinical setting;
  2. Collaborate with Community Health Workers (CHW); and
  3. Lead diabetes self-management education (DSME); conduct diabetes prevention programs (DPP).

Additionally, PDHE is offering a free CME course in the PDHE Virtual Learning Academy. This course is accredited for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Immediately after completing this course you will be able to print a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion (for those who are not CME eligible).

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Pharmacists as a Part of the Diabetes Care Team at a Community Health Center


Erin J. Searles, PharmD
Pharmacy Manager,
The Family Health Center at West End Pharmacy
The Family Health Centers of Georgia, Inc.
Pharmacists in CHC’s serve as part of the health care team on all disease states, but in the case of patients with diabetes they can offer many benefits. Providers can use pharmacists as a clinical resource for drug therapy. Pharmacists can offer advice on new therapy. They can also help providers adjust patient’s medications based on adverse effects and drug interactions. Pharmacist can help identify gaps in therapy and help patients determine if they are experiencing side effects to medications. They also can advocate for patient adherence. Pharmacists can act as a resource to maintain concurrent therapies that diabetic patients need to meet their therapeutic goals.

Value of Pharmacists in a Patient Centered Medical Home Model


Ishamel Qawiy, PharmD, BCACP

Public Health Resident,
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Pharmacists are equipped with the knowledge, training, and skills to assume a greater responsibility in direct patient care within the Patient Centered Medical Home Model (PCMH). Pharmacists are arguably some of the nation’s most accessible healthcare professionals and yet are the most underutilized in chronic disease management. As the healthcare industry evolves from a volume-based to value-based system, stakeholders are finding innovative ways to use ancillary health professionals in a more comprehensive fashion. As drug therapy experts’ pharmacist are sensitive to the barriers impeding medication access for patients along the continuum of care.


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