It looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a good year for pharmacists! U.S. News & World Report named pharmacists as one of the top jobs of 2012 with more than 69,000 pharmacist positions projected to be added by 2020. Key factors in the high rating included the aging population, demand for complex medicines and medication therapy management.
Pharmacists are critical for improving medication therapy management and patient outcomes. This week, ASHP and APhA released a white paper, "Improving Care Transitions: Optimizing Medication Reconciliation," which highlights the need for pharmacists to take leadership in implementing medication reconciliation. Applying a standardized approach will help cut down on medication errors - when approximately half of them are attributed to communication at transitions of care.
The white paper indicated a strong medication reconciliation strategy users HIT solutions to help share important clinical information. Sentri7 can help identify and alert staff of possible intervention opportunities at the point of patient monitoring. Get more information on Sentri7.
Medication reconciliation is just one of the hot topics at the annual APhA meeting this week in New Orleans. We'll be following the conversation this weekend on Twitter.
The death of an elderly man from a massive brain hemorrhage after a routine fall suggests that bleeding complications from Boehringer Ingelheim's Pradaxa blood clot preventer are largely irreversible, according to the Journal of Neurosurgery.
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Death magnifies Pradaxa hemorrhage concerns Reuters