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The pharmacy profession can help in achieving vision of greatness.

While taking a few minutes to address “rumors” that some in Congress are opposed to health care reform and noting that Medicare patients are enjoying less expensive prescription drugs, President Barack Obama stuck to a jobs-and-the-economy mantra throughout most of tonight’s State of the Union address. In many ways, the key role pharmacists could play in a revitalized American economy was repeated over and over throughout the 61-minute speech.

Obama
: “Let me be the first to say that anything can be improved.… If you have ideas about how to improve this law by making care better or more affordable, I am eager to work with you.… Instead of re-fighting the battles of the last 2 years, let’s fix what needs fixing and move forward.” — Through a host of studies and programs described in the biomedical literature, pharmacy has demonstrated time and again how medication therapy management (MTM) services can lead to improvements in clinical, economic, and humanistic outcomes. In short, MTM keeps workers on the job and seniors out of the hospital and nursing home. If it’s better and more affordable and more accessible care you want, head to the nearest pharmacy.

Obama: “The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.… In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It is how we make our living.” — Innovation is whole theme of health care reform, and within pharmacy, MTM is innovation in practice. MTM improves quality while lowering the cost of care. Making such a service more available will support America’s effort to change lives and make our livings through innovation.

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