At A UNTHSC Clinic, Integrating A Pharmacist Into the Healthcare Team Is Making All the Difference

UNT Health Science Center has a piece out that’s worth pointing you toward. At the Hepatitis C Clinic at the UNTHSC Health Pavilion, planting a pharmacist within the healthcare team has made oceans of difference when it comes to adherence to prescription programs.

Hepatitis C meds, UNTHSC explains, cost nearly $100,000 and cure the infection within 12 weeks. Yet some patients still let the drugs go unused. From the center’s newsroom:

“But non-adherence can prevent or delay a cure,” said Dr. Fix, Associate Professor of Pharmacotherapy at UNT Health Science Center. “Programs like ours improve adherence by close to 100 percent.”

The Hepatitis C Clinic at the UNTHSC Health Pavilion is unique because the person managing every patient’s care, in collaboration with the healthcare team, is a pharmacist. In this new model, pharmacists are part of the healthcare team and are no longer limited to working behind the counter.

Having a pharmacist-led hepatitis C service in the UNT Health Clinical Practice Group is groundbreaking, said Charles Taylor, Dean, UNT System College of Pharmacy. It integrates the pharmacist into the healthcare team, something that the profession has been moving toward for years, he said.

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