Pilot shows promise for pharmacist role in improving blood pressure outcomes

December 10, 2015 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly one in three American adults have high blood pressure, putting them at risk for heart failure, heart attack, stroke, and kidney damage. Drug Store News reports that results from a community partnership among HealthPartners, PharmaSmart, and Sterling pharmacy chain of community and long-term care pharmacies, show the potential of community pharmacists to improve hypertension.

PharmaSmart provides doctors and pharmacists technology that enables hypertensive patients to track their blood pressure. During a six-month pilot program, 270 HealthPartners members who were prescription patients at Sterling, used an in-store PharmaSmart kiosk to track and automatically transmit blood pressure data into the Sterling Pharmacy clinical system. The integration enables pharmacists to proactively intervene on a patient’s behalf to make adjustments to their drug therapies.

“One of the key findings of the pilot program is the importance of personal interaction between the patient and the pharmacist,” said Tim Gallagher, President of Astrup Drug, Inc. which owns and operates Sterling pharmacies and Smart-Fill. “Pharmacists have the opportunity to extend the care team and optimize therapy to positively impact patient outcomes.” 

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors.