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National Pharmacy Week is October 19 - 25, 2008! (Oct. 20th, 2008)

National Pharmacy Week acknowledges the invaluable contributions that pharmacists and technicians make to patient care in health care organizations across the country.

WSCHS is proud to put a spotlight on our highly successful pharmacy program at our main clinic, La Clinica, on St. Paul’s West Side. Our pharmacy program began in 2001 to provide services for insured and uninsured patients. In 2004, the La Clinica pharmacy was recognized by the Minnesota Pharmacists Association with the Innovative Pharmacy Practice Award. In 2006, more than 50,000 prescriptions were dispensed, 60% of which were for the uninsured. By purchasing discounted medications through the public health services 340(b) program, dispensing medication through the Pfizer Sharing the Care Program, utilizing manufacturer assistance programs, and discounting pharmacy dispensing fees, the La Clinica pharmacy saved uninsured patients over $700,000 last year.

Additionally, WSCHS has established clinical pharmacy services within La Clinica. Specially trained pharmacists, upon referral from primary care providers, assess patients’ medications. Patients are seen in exam rooms within the clinic, pharmacists document their assessments in the patient’s medical record, and then work with the primary care provider and the patient to resolve identified drug therapy problems and optimize therapeutic outcomes. In doing so, they have become integral members of the health care team and in 2007 had 1,000 patient encounters.

We are proud to expand pharmacy services to patients at our East Side Family Clinic (ESFC) in 2008. Through generous foundation and community support, we are finalizing expansion efforts at ESFC to include a new pharmacy which will open in the upcoming weeks. We anticipate serving an additional 15,000 patients at this pharmacy.

We salute our pharmacy department and acknowledge and celebrate their achievements in ensuring safe and effective medication use for our patients!

For more information about this week’s celebration, click here

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