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    Five Reasons to Become a Diabetes Educator

    Why it's a good time to become more involved in diabetes education.

     

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    5. Pharmacist Educators Are Reporting Patient Successes

    Pharmacists and certified diabetes educators, Geoffrey Twigg, PharmD, BCACP, CDE, and John Motsko, RPh, CDE, shared the success of their diabetes management program at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

    The two developed a unique program they call CORE Clinical Care. The program was formed when Apple Discount Drugs and the Apple Diabetes Center formed a new corporation called The Apple Diabetes Center in Maryland to serve previously underserved diabetes patients within their community.

    They reported that in 2014, 90 patients were treated at the diabetes center. Patients saw a mean reduction in the A1c levels from 8.19% to 7.17% as a result of the program. Significant weight loss was also seen among participants.

    Pharmacists, they said, are poised to take a greater role in diabetes education due to their ability to offer comprehensive medication management. They can also monitor adherence and work with physicians to ensure patients are on the best therapy options, given any co-morbid conditions.

    "The pharmacist CDE is uniquely poised to help the patient by offering not only education but also management of both real and perceived adverse drug events, medications costs and drug interactions," wrote John Schieszer in an Endocrinology Advisor article about the pharmacists' efforts and presentation.

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    Jill Sederstrom
    Jill Sederstrom is a Contributing Editor

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