The following are the importance of Pharmacotherapy;
· Helps in optimization of drug treatment in complex pharmacotherapy patients such as;
o Patients with multiple medications
o Patients with multiple disease states or conditions
o Patients on narrow therapeutic index medications
o Patients on medications requiring laboratory monitoring
o Helps in optimization of drug therapy in patients with high risk for loss of continuity of care such as;
o Patients with multiple prescribers
o Patients with recent transitions of care (e.g., hospital discharge, rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility discharge)
· Helps in reduction of medication nonadherence especially in patients with;
o Irregular refill history
o History of failure to pick up new prescriptions
o Stockpiling or incorrect pill counts
o Financial burden (e.g., uninsured or underinsured)
o Low health literacy
o Patient’s beliefs indicate resistance to treatment
o High-cost regimens
o Noticeable decline in the health or functionality
· Improves patients-pharmaceutical personnel relationship which is important for better therapeutic outcome
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