The clinical pharmacy program at CommUnityCare is comprised of a group of pharmacists who have obtained their Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) and have all completed a post-doctoral residency training program. Many of them hold advanced certifications in patient care and medication management.
The patient’s primary care provider may refer patients to a clinical pharmacist for management of chronic diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), diabetes, and heart failure, as well as anticoagulation (thinning of the blood). Clinical pharmacists also serve as a medication knowledge resource for physicians and other health care providers in the clinic. The pharmacists work under collaborative practice agreement developed and approved by the medical staff. Pharmacists’ scope of services is detailed and authorized by each individual physician who wishes to refer patients to the clinical pharmacist. Clinical pharmacists have an appointment schedule and the medical staff and nursing staff have access to the schedule to make patient appointments for services