Role of a Pharmacist 

The burden of rheumatic disease requires an integrated, multidisciplinary team. The addition of a pharmacist as part of this team has many benefits including improved patient compliance and education, a drug information resource, and assisting in assuring insurance coverage. The role of a pharmacist can vary greatly depending on the practice settings, but ultimately pharmacists play a key role in supporting pharmaceutical care. This includes establishing patient relationships, obtaining medication history information, preventing, identifying and resolving medication related problems (MRP), dispensing medications, educating and counseling patients and healthcare providers, monitoring patient and medication effects, and contributing to the process to ensure continuity of care for all patients. 


Pharmacy Services at the Center for Rheumatology include:  

  • Drug Information Service
  • Patient Education/Counseling/Self-Injection Teaching
  • Insurance Approval Service
  • Patient Education Medication Handouts
  • Provider and Staff Education/Awareness
  • Pharmacotherapy Consults
  • Medication Discount Resources
    • is an excellent resource for patients who have high copays/medications that might not be covered.
    • is another excellent resource for patient discounts.
  • Contribution to Medical Literature
    • Abstracts
    • Case Reports
    • MedWatch Reports

Read More About the Role of a Pharmacist:

Flick C, Farrell JF. The Pharmacist’s Role in Managing Rheumatic Disease. The Rheumatologist.; Aug 2013. Available here: Role of the Pharmacist

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