A recent study in Canada published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that pharmacists can help reduce the risk of events such as heart attack and stroke in people with poorly controlled risk factors for heart disease. High risk individuals for heart disease were divided and sent to one group of pharmacists for medication therapy management. Another group received normal, non-specialized care. At the end of the three month research, people who received medication therapy management with their pharmacist had a twenty one percent lower risk of heart problems compared to the other group. Other benefits that were seen in the intensive group included a reduction in blood pressure, a reduction in smoking, and a reduction in an important marker for people with diabetes.
Medication therapy management is a service provided by many trained pharmacists during which a person’s medications are reviewed and managed to help improve overall health.