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Working together, pharmacists and physicians can forge a mutually beneficial collaboration that also benefits patients. At the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance’s PharmCon in Orlando, held late last week, experts with collaborative practice experience discussed why these partnerships are useful, and how they can effectively work.
Panelist Devin Patel, PharmD, manages a specialty compounding pharmacy. He said he helps to “bridge the gap” between physicians and pharmacists by offering informational sessions to medical practices in their offices. “A lot of physicians don’t understand different pharmacy services,” Patel said. “Physicians have such limited time in the day, and they struggle dealing with prior authorizations, and all these nuances.”
Sarah Hurty, MD, a practice transformation coach with Take Back Your Practice, said pharmacists can show physicians ways they can be of value to a practice, and how they can help lighten the work load. She encouraged pharmacists to help physicians see beyond the single act of dispensing medication. She pointed to counseling patients about prescriptions and their dosing, and educating staff on gaps in care as areas that can be filled by pharmacists. “Physicians don’t even know what the gaps are,” said Hurty.