Texas Pharmacy Association launches medication adherence project

In an effort to raise the profile of pharmacists in the health care conversation, the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) has launched an initiative to check on people with controlled hypertension.

In an effort to raise the profile of pharmacists in the health care conversation, the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) has launched an initiative to check on people with controlled hypertension. The Medication Adherence Project initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Community Pharmacy Foundation and the Texas Department of State Health Services, will use a cloud-based platform to help pharmacists continually monitor patients suffering from hypertension. "Pharmacists are medication experts with extensive training in identifying and resolving drug therapy problems, such as nonadherence," notes TPA. "Working with patients and their physicians, pharmacists can provide important services that improve treatment outcomes and improve patients' quality of life." Pharmacists will refer up to 180 patients to take part and could receive financial bonuses for each patient who successfully maintains his or her treatment program in the long run. "This referral network will position community pharmacists, regardless of employer, as members of the local community health care team," TPA states. "In some regions, access to care may increase as pharmacists develop practice sites separate and apart from brick-and-mortar pharmacies."