Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Service
The purpose of the service is to utilize pharmacists to improve blood pressure control rates. Additionally the aim is to decrease the risk of side effects, drug interactions, minimize cost and pill burden for patients with high blood pressure. Previous studies have demonstrated significant improvements in the number of patients at goal BP and a reduced time to goal BP when patients are co-managed by a physician and pharmacist. Patients will typically see a pharmacist for 3-4 visits then return to usual care with their primary care physician once their blood pressure medication has been optimized.
Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol) Service
The purpose of the hyperlipidemia service is to improve outcomes of patients with dyslipidemias through a pharmacist-managed lipid service. Previous studies have demonstrated significantly more patients at goal cholesterol and reduced time to goal with physician/pharmacist co-management of lipids. Patients will typically see a pharmacist for 3-4 visits then return to usual care with their primary care physician once their cholesterol levels have been optimized.
Polypharmacy – Taking too many medications
The purpose of the polypharmacy service is twofold. First, to identify patients at risk of polypharmacy and alleviate problems associated with inappropriate medication use. Secondly, to decrease risk of side effects, drug interactions, minimize cost and pill count for patients with polypharmacy. Patients will typically see a pharmacist for 1-2 visits then return to usual care with their primary care physician once any correctable polypharmacy issues have been addressed.
Anemia Management Program
The purpose of the anemia management program is to decrease the need for blood transfusions in patients that have correctable causes of their low blood counts (anemia). Blood transfusions, while sometimes necessary, carry risks for patients. Patients referred to the Anemia Management Program will see a pharmacist who will design a treatment plan which may include oral or injectable vitamins to stimulate growth of healthy red blood cells.
If your doctor prescribes a blood-thinning medication, it is important to regularly check the medication's effect on your blood. If your blood remains too thick, it could result in clotting. If it becomes too thin, it increases your risk of bleeding.
At the Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health’s Anticoagulation Program, pharmacists and nurse practitioners monitor your lab results so they can tailor your medication dosage while offering counseling and education about your medical condition. Some of these medications include:
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
- Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
- Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
- Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
If you are taking a blood-thinning medication, ask your doctor about a referral to The Anticoagulation Program.
Pharmacotherapy Program Locations
Call the Renown Anticoagulation Program directly at 775-982-6450 for details about the program.