Pharmacists are in a unique position to help patients get the most from their medications.
Medication therapy management
, or MTM, is a broad range of health care services provided by pharmacists
According to the American Pharmacy Association
, MTM is a service or group of services that optimize therapeutic outcomes for individual patients. Medication therapy management
services include medication therapy reviews, pharmacotherapy consults, anticoagulation management, immunizations, health and wellness programs and many other clinical services. Pharmacists
provide medication therapy management to help patients get the best benefits from their medications by actively managing drug therapy and by identifying, preventing and resolving medication-related problems.
Anyone who uses prescription medications, non-prescription medications, herbals, or other dietary supplements may potentially benefit from medication therapy management services. People who may benefit the most include those who use several medications, those who have several health conditions, those who have questions or problems with their medications, those who are taking medications that require close monitoring, those who have been hospitalized, and those who obtain their medications from more than one pharmacy.
It's estimated that 1.5 million preventable adverse events occur each year which results in $177 billion in injury and death. In the U.S. medication related problems are a massive health problem.
The goal of all pharmacists providing MTM
is to make sure that the medication is right for the patient.