Long-Term BP Control Gained via Pharmacist Help

A new trial published in July in The Journal of the American Medical Association stands out because of its rigor and promise of long-term gains against persistent hypertension. The study, involving the use of home telemonitoring technology, was carried out at 16 HealthPartners clinics in Minneapolis. It found that patients with uncontrolled hypertension whose cases were managed by specially trained pharmacists were significantly more likely to reach their blood pressure (BP) goals than others who received usual care. Moreover, the large gap in success rates between the study and control groups continued for at least six months after pharmacist-managed patients were returned to usual care by their primary physicians following the initial 12-month phase