When pharmacists see patients in urgent-care settings, checking their medications may be especially critical.
Northeast Ohio Medical University alumna Jennifer Flavin Sabatino, Pharm.D., a clinical pharmacist for Memorial Hospital’s Medication Therapies Center in Marysville, Ohio, is the primary author of an article titled “Impact of a Pharmacist–Provided Comprehensive Medication Review Service for Urgent Care Patients” published in the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (December 2015). In the piece, she discusses the importance of a medication review for such patients, who are likely to see multiple physicians who may each prescribe medications for chronic conditions. Without coordination of this care, patients may endanger their health by taking medications that could overlap or interact.
In an article on Dr. Sabatino’s research, the Plain City Advocate notes that pharmacists in these settings ‘’have a unique opportunity to meet with patients and review the appropriateness, safety, and efficacy of the medications prescribed.”