Glucose Control Better With Pharmacist Help

Diabetic patients who were counseled by pharmacists did better at managing their blood sugar over a two-year period than patients in standard treatment, according to researchers at Scott & White Health Plan. As part of Scott & White’s Medication Management Program, pharmacists were placed in an ambulatory care setting to communicate with diabetic patients about their condition, make medication adjustments when necessary and promote self-management through condition education. For this study, John J. Ko, Pharm.D., M.S., and colleagues looked at the electronic medical records and medical and pharmacy claims of high-risk type 2 diabetes patients in the Scott & White system from 2006 through 2012.