|The Senior Care Pharmacist|
IN THIS ISSUE
January 2020 | Volume 35 | Number 1
After more than two decades of stability, development, and diversification under the sage stewardship of H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH, the journal now stands at a crossroads.
Medications can have wonderful healing properties when used appropriately. Researchers continue to develop drugs to treat and heal varying and sometimes challenging health issues.
The term “elder orphan” is an emerging description of an individual older than 65 years of age who lacks dependents or close family members on whom to rely for assistance, They may have difficulty managing their health care, and pharmacists who identify patients without support systems may be able to act as valuable assets to these patients. Brown-bag medication reviews, medication therapy management, and thorough medication reconciliation are excellent interventions to prevent medication misadventure.
Hepatitus Hepatitis C is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is common among baby boomers or people who inject drugs. The authors review the advances in the treatment of hepatitis C and highlight the guidelines of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, with an emphasis on older adults.
Depression in older adults is a mood disorder associated with physical and/or cognitive impairment. Though it may be present in a variety of settings, depression is a prominent health concern among long-term care and nursing facility residents. Considering the normal physiologic change with advancing age, it is essential to consider the overall profile of each agent and its combined impact to ensure its efficacious and safe use in a patient.
The authors review an ambulatory care pharmacist service located in Florida that evolved into a pharmacotherapy, polypharmacy service with multiple submodels and promote the concept of clinical pharmacists practicing as expert polypharmacy specialists. Polypharmacy services provided by ambulatory care pharmacists may be the best method to assist the complex polypharmacy patient and their his or her providers with the management of complex medication regimens. Polypharmacy has not been officially recognized as a pharmacist specialty or specialist service but requires a broad and deep clinical skill set.
The authors of this study describe recommendations made through medication reviews by geriatric clinical pharmacists within an innovative care model focusing on patients with dementia living at home. The types of medication recommendations made through the program are similar to clinical pharmacist recommendations in other geriatric care settings. These data may provide information to other clinical pharmacists implementing consult services in similar home-based care settings.
Don’t expect much, if anything, in the way of legislation next year. If there’s not much to watch in your nation’s capital, try keeping an eye on your state capitals.
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