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What does an ambulatory pharmacist do?

Angela Green, PharmD
Ambulatory Care Specialist

An ambulatory pharmacist works with a primary care provider (PCP) and plays an integral role in patient care. A PCP can comfortably refer people who do not have optimal control of various illnesses—such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—to an ambulatory pharmacist in his or her clinic. The pharmacist can then counsel people about the disease process and lifestyle modifications while also recommending appropriate medication management for these diseases.

For diseases such as osteoporosis, anxiety or depression, ambulatory pharmacists can work with the doctor to identify the best medication and monitor the person as changes are made. Ambulatory pharmacists can complete a medication review with people in a relaxed atmosphere that allows people to ask questions about medications and their effects. After completing the review, the pharmacist can help create an individualized medication plan and monitor the person (via phone and/or in person) as medication changes are made, so that each person can take the safest and smallest number of medicines possible.

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