Tabula Rasa HealthCare, APhA kick off medication safety campaign
Tabula Rasa HealthCare and the American Pharmacists Association are rolling out a campaign dubbed “Medication Safety Starts with a Pharmacist. ” The joint effort aims to educate consumers on medication safety, the risks of adverse drug events and the essential role pharmacist have on the patient care team.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adverse drug events contribute to more than 1 million emergency room visits and over 250,000 hospitalizations in the United States, many of which are preventable. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many unknowns, including the use of various repurposed treatments, and soon, new vaccines to combat COVID-19. Patients need to be aware of how these potential treatments may interact with their current medication regimens.
“We are excited to partner with the APhA to emphasize the importance of patient engagement for safer, healthier living,” said TRHC Chairman and CEO, Calvin Knowlton. “Pharmacists are essential health care professionals with access to the clinical knowledge and novel technology to help patients personalize their medication regimens and mitigate adverse drug events.”
Pharmacists are among the most accessible clinical experts and are ready to help lead patient care teams. As essential healthcare workers, pharmacists have provided unwavering support despite COVID-19 and continue to play an integral role in promoting medication safety.
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with TRHC to advocate for medication safety among patients and elevate pharmacists as integral members of the care team. When patients partner with pharmacists to learn more about their medication regimen, they are taking greater control to better their overall health,” said Rafael Saenz, APhA chief of staff.
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