Adding plenty of fire power to the rapidly improving image of community pharmacists as essential and effective members of an integrated, team approach to health care, The New York Times ran a high-profile feature Friday on the patient-care efforts of independent and chain pharmacists, including one independent pharmacy owner in Augusta, Ga.

The story, which appeared on page one, highlights the evolving role pharmacists play in improving patient outcomes and medication adherence –– and in serving as “a buffer against an anticipated shortage of primary care doctors,” in the words of Times reporters Reed Abelson and Natasha Singer. The report also demonstrated pharmacists’ expertise in providing medication therapy management, and in working in collaboration with health plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield and Humana to improve outcomes and lower health costs.

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