Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pharmacist-based Program Proves Effective for Diabetics in Polk County, FL

An employer-based clinical pharmacist counseling program for type 2 diabetes patients in Polk County, FL led to a 9% improvement in A1C levels, a 30% decrease in hospitalizations, and a 24% decrease in ER visits. These results of this 2005 study are reported in the February 15, 2010, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

The pharmacist provided six 30-minute counseling sessions and copays were waived for disease-related medications, supplies, and non-prescription products. Participants were asked to sign an agreement to comply with program rules and processes. A total of 564 enrolled in the program and 477 were still active in the program at the end of 12 months.

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