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    The New Type 2 Diabetes Technologies Pharmacists Need to Know About

    Pharmacists need to stay informed about new technologies in order to help diabetic patients take advantage.


    In pharmacies, more sophisticated software is allowing pharmacists to better track patient adherence and plan interventions for patients in need. For example, McKesson Pharmacy Technology and Services' Adherence Performance Solution tracks when medications are dispensed and assesses whether any days of therapy are missed.

    "The adherence tool does a lot of analytics and also provides a detailed views of that patient's profile and patient handouts they could use to engage with their patients," says Heather Cusick, RPh, director of product management for clinical services at McKesson. The program is often used in combination with the company's Clinical Program Solution, which takes the data and works it into a pharmacy's work flow, she says.

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    Further down the road, Ahn said the industry will see a gradual movement toward closed-loop or artificial pancreas systems that strive to mimic a healthy body's normal activity.

    Other potential advances include noninvasive ways to monitor glucose. Apple is said to be working on such a device, but no details have been made public.

    Pharmacists can play a role in the years ahead by helping patient's navigate through new treatment options and helping them tailor a treatment approach that works best for them, Marquess says.

    Jill Sederstrom
    Jill Sederstrom is a Contributing Editor

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