Author Archives: miketritt

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Yr 1: A Pharmacist’s perspective on Living MedsCheck & other services

Now, I am a practicing pharmacist for a chain that serves a large clientele. This is different from when I volunteered during the “Living MedsCheck” elective. Am I still Living MedsCheck? I am, as well as pharmaceutical opinions, smoking cessation prescribing & monitoring, and immunizing. However, I … Continue reading

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Wk 12 – review of my life in MedsCheck – part II & III

II. What have I gained from this experience? Now, I understand a few MedsCheck programs. I volunteered one day a week for 8 weeks, and my workload varied from 1-5 Diabetes MedsChecks/day. Overall, I provided nearly 25 Diabetes MedsChecks. I … Continue reading

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Wk 11 – Review of my life in MedsCheck – part I

I-a. Setting up the MedsCheck elective at UW How did I end up here? I decided that it was important to gain experience providing the MedsCheck service. Originally, I wanted to work part-time in a pharmacy, but there was no … Continue reading

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Wk10: The value of a (MedsCheck) FOLLOW-UP

During an annual MedsCheck there is typically enough time to prepare a medication list, and review each medication’s indication, safety and appropriate-use. In a diabetes MedsCheck, I also teach the patient a few important concepts in diabetes (e.g. hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, … Continue reading

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Update: MedsCheck Consult – FOUND?

As a follow-up to TWO previous posts (a) MedsCheck Consult is MISSING (by Mike); and (b) The missing gap in the MedsCheck program (by Niki). I have the following to share: I contacted OPA, and learned that MedsCheck Consult, in … Continue reading

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Wk9: A “lean” patient-focused retail pharmacy

When you walk into the pharmacy, you immediately see the dispensary, which is surrounded by a selection of over-the-counter products, vitamins, health care supplies, and a few  snacks. At the right, a small desk is available for patient consultations. No … Continue reading

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wk8: A missed opportunity: MedsCheck in an independent pharmacy (adjacent to a medical clinic)

At my independent pharmacy, patients are accustomed to receiving medication counseling when they pick up their prescription, and the pharmacist has a great rapport with the patients. As a result of this relationship, I am able to schedule numerous MedsChecks … Continue reading