PBMs Expand Access to Medications and Improve Patient Outcomes
As American Pharmacists Month comes to a close, we are reminded of the enormous contributions that pharmacists across the country make each day to improve the health and well-being of Americans. Their dedication has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic, when, faced with unprecedented challenges, pharmacists have stepped up to make sure their patients are dispensed the drugs they need along with advice on those medications, and working on the front lines to vaccinate patients as well.
We should recognize the pharmacists who are working day in and day out at America’s pharmacy benefit managers. PBMs employ many pharmacists and use their training and skills to improve services to patients. Some interact directly with patients, while others focus on clinical roles within the PBM. PBM mail-service pharmacists work every day to provide patients safe and convenient access to medications while ensuring that their pharmacies meet their goals of virtually error-free dispensing.
In addition, PBM pharmacists are working to improve patients’ health by monitoring prescription drug regimens to increase patient adherence and help avoid potentially harmful drug interactions. Many PBMs also offer specialized pharmacists who can counsel and educate patients on their disease states, how their prescribed medications work, and how to manage any side effects a treatment regimen may cause.
Read more about PBM pharmacists and how #PBMs are always #OnYourRxSide on PCMA’s President and CEO, JC Scott’s Medium Page.
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Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are your advocates in the health care system, working to lower out-of-control prescription drug costs for patients across the country.