The Senior Care Pharmacist


October 2019 | Volume 34 | Number 9

Taking the First Steps

For researchers, presenting their posters at a national meeting often is the first step in sharing important work in development.

Lisa Morris, 2019-2020 ASCP President

Lisa Morris, RPh, BCGP, FASCP, has been a practicing clinical pharmacist for almost three decades, with experience managing drug therapy in post-acute care, long-term care, and home health care environments.

2019 ASCP Poster Abstracts

Fifty-eight posters will be presented at ASCP’s 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

Aspirin Use for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Older Patients: A Review of Clinical Guidelines and Updated Evidence

The role of aspirin for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults should be individualized based on a patient’s risk factors, including risk of CVD and likelihood of bleeding. Updated evidence provides more guidance regarding which patient populations will benefit from therapy. The authors conclude that aspirin for primary prevention should be reserved for older patients with a high risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, after addressing other modifiable risk factors for CVD.

Methotrexate Central Nervous System Toxicity Identified in a Pharmacogenomics Pharmacist Consult Patient

Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is a relatively new science that combines genetics with pharmacology and a patient’s ability to metabolize medications based on his or her genetic makeup. PGx testing has now evolved enough to help ascertain which patients are more prone to adverse drug reactions (ADRs) or whether methotrexate (MTX) patients are experiencing ADRs because of MTX exposure. This is a case where PGx testing was successfully used to help guide rheumatoid arthritis medication therapy as well as to identify, then avoid, further central nervous system toxicity from MTX.

Music Therapy: A Novel Student Pharmacy Outreach to Manage Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Dementia

Patients with Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) often present with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), which may include anxiety, depression, and agitation. Nonpharmacologic methods are recommended as first-line therapy for reducing BPSD. Pharmacy students partnered with a local nursing facility to implement an active group music therapy outreach program to assist in management of BPSD. The project not only had a profound impact on the resident but also provided an excellent educational outlet for students to establish and practice skills in working with the AD patient population.

Factors Associated With Health Literacy and Medication Adherence in an Urban Community

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. The primary objective of this study was to determine factors associated with health literacy and medication adherence in an urban community. This study’s results found associations between both comorbidities and education with health literacy. Efforts to promote health literacy interventions are necessary to reduce disease burden; continuous support from health care practitioners is required to address the disparity and potentially increase medication adherence for patients.

ASCP Position Statement: Admission MMR in Nursing Facilities

As the experts in medication management for older adults, ASCP believes that senior care pharmacists are the best positioned health care practitioners to perform all medication regimen reviews.

ASCP Guidelines for Admission MRR in Nursing Facilities

This document identifies the components for the admission medication regimen review and provides guidance on an effective interdisciplinary team approach, which includes the pharmacist, in nursing facilities.

Will There Be Pharmacists in the Future?

If health care professionals, such as pharmacists, were to be replaced by advanced technology, what’s the payoff?


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