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Legislators Learn Lessons About Pharmacists' Roles

Kate Traynor

More than 1,000 policymakers recently found out firsthand how pharmacists can help improve patient care. The policymakers participated in health screenings offered by ASHP and nine other national pharmacy organizations during the 2001 National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Aug. 13-15.

The collaboration, known as the "Alliance for Pharmaceutical Care," sponsored an exhibit that demonstrated the ways pharmacists are providing patient-care services designed to improve medication use and reduce the costs associated with drug-related problems. Pharmacist volunteers offered screenings for high cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and Helicobacter pylori infection and made determinations of body-fat composition and then counseled participants on the results.

Volunteers, including several ASHP members, spoke to legislators about pharmacists' experiences in providing drug therapy management services for patients in a variety of settings.