Pharmacists’ Role in Diabetes Care
Today is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day. On this day, the ADA strives to raise awareness for type 2 diabetes.
In the United States, 11.3% of people 20 and older have type 2 diabetes. For every four Americans who have type 2 diabetes, one is undiagnosed.
Pharmacists, especially independent pharmacists, who are the primary health care professionals in rural areas, play a critical role in identifying diabetes risk factors for patients. Routine tests such as blood glucose testing is a great example of how a patient can be notified of potential diabetes risks.
The FDA has approved new insulin products and glucose monitoring systems to assist with patient adherence. Integrating services like these may be prudent as technology, apps, and smartphones continues to impact the health care industry.
Pharmacists can also offer advice on appropriate diet and exercise to supplement medication.
At our mid-year meeting, Rob Tinsley, VP of Pharmacy Services at IPC noted that pharmacies need to take advantage of dietetics and weight loss management services. It’s a billion dollar industry and with diabetes costs expected to reach over $620 billion in 2030, this is a great way for you to serve your patients while also lowering patient costs.
Communication and educating patients on their options for diabetes medication treatments is a significant tool for your pharmacy to use. Providing great services like diabetes care is another example of what sets independent pharmacies apart from the competition.