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To help control prescription drug costs, let's tap a vital resource: Pharmacists by Marilyn Speedie

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We could benefit a lot from making greater use of their knowledge and expertise.

By Marilyn Speedie | StarTribune | FEBRUARY 20, 2019

There is widespread agreement about the importance of controlling prescription drug costs. One extremely important piece of the solution is to fully enlist pharmacists in optimizing the use of the medications the public and health plans are paying for.

Adverse events and improper use of medications impose heavy health care costs in this country. Patients and consumers are not getting the most out of the medications they are paying for. A patient with multiple chronic illnesses (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) will be on multiple medications. Data show that patients on multiple medications have an average of four or more drug-related problems. Fixing those can minimize side effects and avoid adding even more medications to treat those side effects, prevent hospitalizations and the need for further medical care.

At the very least, a pharmacist can reduce drug costs by making sure patients are using the least expensive cost-effective alternative therapy and eliminating duplicate therapies.

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