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Medical Psychology

Medication therapy management (MTM) is a partnership of the pharmacist, the patient or their caregiver, and other health professionals that promotes the safe and effective use of medications and helps patients achieve the targeted outcomes from medication therapy. MTM was first proposed by Ronald Jordan, former APhA president. MTM includes the analytical, consultative, educational and monitoring services provided by pharmacists to help consumers get the best results from medications through enhancing consumer understanding of medication therapy, increasing consumer adherence to medications, controlling costs, and preventing drug complications, conflicts, and interactions. This is the side of pharmacy giving value to cognitive services and removing the pharmacist from a solely distributive function. There are many topics/disease states that can be improved by MTM, including, but not limited to Diabetes, Asthma, and Elderly Care.

A clinical pharmacist will typically provide medication therapy management services through review of a list of medications the patient provides. The things the pharmacist will be looking at include drug interactions, duplications of drugs from the same family, doses, routes of administration, and the formulation the patient is using. This review will also include evaluating medication habits to see where we may be able to optimize the benefit a patient receive.

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