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Pharmacy 2018, 6(3), 86; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy6030086

Medication-Related Problems Identified Through Continuous Medication Monitoring

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College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
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Towncrest Pharmacy, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA
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Received: 12 July 2018 / Revised: 13 August 2018 / Accepted: 17 August 2018 / Published: 20 August 2018
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Abstract

Community pharmacists performing Continuous Medication Monitoring (CoMM) systematically monitor each new prescription and refill dispensed for medication-related problems. The objectives for this study were to describe medication-related problems identified through CoMM and drug classes involved in problems. This 12-month pilot study used dispensing and clinical records from a single independent U.S. community pharmacy. Clinical records contain medication-related problems documented by the pharmacists. Problems identified for patients filling at least one prescription at the pharmacy and having at least one medication-related problem during the study period were included. A total of 8439 medication-related problems were identified for 1566 patients, an average of 5.4 problems per patient. Over 63% of problems were nonadherence. The drug class most often involved in problems was the central nervous system and analgesic class. Community pharmacists performing CoMM identified medication-related problems that might otherwise have gone undetected. View Full-Text
Keywords: community pharmacy; medication-related problems; medication monitoring; refill medication community pharmacy; medication-related problems; medication monitoring; refill medication
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Goedken, A.M.; Huang, S.; McDonough, R.P.; Deninger, M.J.; Doucette, W.R. Medication-Related Problems Identified Through Continuous Medication Monitoring. Pharmacy 2018, 6, 86.

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