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Using Pharmacist-Directed Service Improves Quality Of Care For Patients

Posted Feb 08 2011 6:09pm

A Henry Ford Hospital study has found that a pharmacist-directed anticoagulation service improves the way medication is managed for patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), a common but life-threatening thromboembolic disorder. Researchers found that patients treated by the anticoagulation service had a favorable response to alternative anticoagulant drugs three times faster and were 32 percent more likely to receive proper dosage than patients who were treated with the same drugs by the patient’s primary medical team.

This is the first time researchers evaluated the impact of the anticoagulation service on the efficiency and safety of using a different class of anticoagulant drugs called direct thrombin inhibitors for treating patients with HIT, in which a patient’s platelet count drops after they receive the anticoagulant drug heparin.

The study is to be published online Tuesday at www.theannals.com in the February issue of The Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

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