Pharmacist and patient

Pharmacists: Indispensable in Managing Chronic Disease

Originally presented on January 17, 2019

Katie Cardone, PharmD, BCACP, FCCP

Co-Director, Pre-Pharmacy Program
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Krystal Scofield, PharmD, AE-C
Public Health Pharmacist
The Collaboratory @ Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Nearly 40% of New Yorkers live with a chronic disease including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. To manage these chronic diseases, adults on average fill about 12 prescriptions annually, with adults over age 65 filling around 30 prescriptions a year. This provides opportunities for pharmacists to interact with individuals regularly, yet pharmacists are often underutilized. Pharmacists can support people with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and high cholesterol, by monitoring their medication use patterns, identifying the social determinants affecting an individual’s health (e.g., poverty, education, access to healthy foods, etc.), supporting home blood pressure monitoring and referring patients to resources for education and community support. This webcast will demonstrate how this indispensable role of the pharmacist rounds out a health care team.  

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the role of pharmacists in medication management for people with diabetes, HTN and high cholesterol.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of pharmacists on care teams working with patients who have diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
  • List ways to support medication management for people with diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol.
  • Identify evidence-based community programs for individuals managing diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, community health workers and certified public health workers.

Continuing Education Credits expired for this activity on 1/31/2022.