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Consultant Pharmacist Services

Mercy Health Saint Mary's consultant pharmacists are all members of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. This helps ensure they are on the cutting edge of consultant pharmacy practice. 

The consultant pharmacist:

  • Assists with facility QA Committee in resident assessment and preparing the care plan 

  • Ensures the medication use process meets OBRA mandates and other regulations 

  • Reviews the medication regimen of each resident monthly to identify any potential or actual drug related problems, including contraindications, unrelated indications, improper drug selection, sub-therapeutic dosage, failure to receive drugs, over dosage, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, and drug use without indication

  • Participates, where appropriate, in the drug therapy decision making process

  • Recommends appropriate drug and non-drug therapies for use by the resident based upon the disease or condition under treatment, other medical problems, and physiological changes related to the aging disease process

  • Assists physicians, other prescribers and residents in establishing therapeutic and/or functional outcomes for each medication prescribed

  • Identifies, evaluates and makes recommendations to ameliorate the effects of noncompliance in residents

  • Participates in resident assessment and care planning

  • Initiates and or modifies drug therapy, and monitors vital signs and laboratory assessments in cooperation with the attending physician, in accordance with the facility policies and procedures

  • Attends one scheduled committee meeting per month and at least the quarterly QA meeting at your facility

  • Provides computer assisted drug use review & reports