The future of pharmacy includes pharmacists with the authority to manage medication therapy and to be accountable for their patients’ therapeutic outcomes. In order to accomplish this paradigm shift, the pharmacy profession must establish new relationships with both patients and their health care providers to assure better outcomes.
Our present health care system of drug prescribing are less effective, safe, and economical than is desired. There is evidence that support the assumption that drug related adverse events are all too pervasive and costly in our current system.
There are many factors impacting health care in the U.S., the aging of the baby boomer generation being one of the most significant. The aging of baby boomers is predicted to result in an increasing number of elderly adults, many of whom suffer from chronic conditions and thus require a growing number of health care practitioners to meet their medical needs.
Consequently, the number of medications prescribed in this country will increase, resulting in a demand for additional pharmacists and the medication distribution and patient care services that they provide.
The pharmacy profession is positioned to provide the clinical expertise and administrative leadership necessary to assure the quality of drug therapy management (MTM) through the delivery of pharmaceutical care. The practice of pharmaceutical care is by definition patient-centered practice. With the baby boomer generation, along with the current changes in the health care system, pharmacists will take on a bigger more "patient-centered" role than ever before in the years to come. Source: hhpronline.org
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