Introducing Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacists, who once took the back role behind the counter, are now up front in primary care offices, collaborating with patients and providers to improve care, safety and results. Clinical Pharmacy is the health science discipline in which pharmacists provide patient care that optimizes medication therapy and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention. The practice of clinical pharmacy embraces the philosophy of pharmaceutical care; it blends a caring orientation with specialized therapeutic knowledge, experience, and judgment for the purpose of ensuring optimal patient outcomes. Our Clinical Pharmacist at The Portland Clinic will work alongside your whole health care team to ensure that your medications are safe and appropriate, and answers any questions you have about how to take them and what to expect. Patients can be seen for medication management consultations, inhaler and glucometer training, comprehensive medication reviews and many other issues.
Here are several examples of how our Clinical Pharmacist can help you:
-Having trouble meeting blood pressure or blood sugar goals?
Our Clinical Pharmacist will work closely with you to monitor medications and guide follow-up to help get your numbers where you want them.
-Can’t remember to take medications on time?
Our Pharmacist may be able to switch you to a medication with a more convenient dosing schedule, or suggest other resources that will make it easier to stick with your medication schedule.
-Experiencing bothersome side effects?
Unusual new symptoms that crop up shortly after starting a new medication could be side effects of the drug. In many cases, our Clinical Pharmacist can suggest an alternative that will meet your therapeutic needs with fewer side effects.
-Need help learning to use an inhaler or glucometer?
Whether you are a first-time user or just need a review to make sure you are using the equipment right, our Clinical Pharmacist can help.
-Having difficulty affording medications?
Our Clinical Pharmacist can often recommend a generic alternative with a lower co-pay.
-Concerned about interactions between medications?
The more medications one takes, the higher the potential for interactions between them. If you are taking several medications, our Clinical Pharmacist is happy to go over all of them to make sure that they’re all safe to take together and not causing new problems or cancelling each other out.
-Thinking about starting a new vitamin or supplement?
Vitamins and supplements are not strictly regulated the way that prescription medications are. Our Clinical Pharmacist can help determine whether or not a particular supplement is safe to take along with other medications.
-Curious about over-the-counter alternatives?
Our Clinical Pharmacist may be able to recommend non-prescription options to help with health issues.
-Have other medication-related questions?
Please don’t hesitate to ask — our Clinical Pharmacist is happy to help and be an active part of your care team.