Petition Update

Pharmacists can reduce treatment costs and improve outcomes...

Sandra Leal, PharmD, MPH, FAPhA, CDE
Tucson, AZ

Feb 27, 2012 — Pharmacists can reduce treatment costs and improve outcomes if given the chance

UB program lowered A1C levels in diabetics and cut monthly costs by $212 per patient
The role of pharmacists hasn't received much attention in the debate on the cost of health care. But national and regional studies show that when pharmacists directly participate in patient care, they significantly reduce treatment costs and improve outcomes.

A study on diabetic patients by the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences identified cost savings with improvements in a key indicator of glucose control in diabetes patients, the hemoglobin A1C measurement. The A1C provides a three-month average of the amount of excess glucose in the blood. Higher A1Cs indicate that a patient is at higher risk for developing long-term complications associated with diabetes, such as kidney disease or vision problems.