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Suboptimal Care Among Patients with Diabetes: Can Pharmacists Make an ImPACT?

KEY POINT

Adherence to therapy and attainment of clinical goals have reached disastrous levels in both Europe and the United States, according to data presented at last month’s annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association. In a Scottish study of type 2 diabetes, only one-third of patients obtained refills of their prescriptions often enough to take 90% of scheduled doses. Stateside, CDC reported that only 1% of adults with diabetes and cholesterol abnormalities had reached their clinical goals, and only 12% of patients with diabetes and hypertension had achieved desired blood pressure ranges. Pharmacists could play important roles in both helping patients remember to obtain refills and in improving their care so that goals are achieved more often.

SOURCES

Morris AD. Paper presented to the 60th annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association. San Antonio, Tex: 2000 June 11.

Fagot-Campagna A. Paper presented to the 60th annual scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association. San Antonio, Tex: 2000 June 11.