• linkedin
  • Increase Font
  • Sharebar

    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.

    source_Drugtopics_450.jpg
     

    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.

    Related article: As Diabetes Numbers Rise, Costs Mount

    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

    1 Comment

    You must be signed in to leave a comment. Registering is fast and free!

    All comments must follow the ModernMedicine Network community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated. ModernMedicine reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part,in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

    • [email protected]
      I had no idea that I had type II diabetes. I was diagnosed at age 50, after complaining to my doctor about being very tired. There is no family history of this disease. I'm a male and at the time of diagnosis, I weighed about 215. (I'm 6'2")Within 6 months, I had gained 30 to 35 pounds, and apparently the diabetes medicines (Actos and Glimiperide) are known to cause weight gain. I wish my doctor had mentioned that, so I could have monitored my weight more closely. I was also taking metformin 1000 mg twice daily December 2017 our family doctor started me on Green House Herbal Clinic Diabetes Disease Herbal mixture, 5 weeks into treatment I improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case blurred vision, frequent urination, or weakness Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official website www. greenhouseherbalclinic .com. I am strong again and able to go about daily activities.‌ This is a breakthrough for all diabetes sufferers