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Center for Pharmacy Services Celebrates Third Anniversary

Mylan School of Pharmacy

There has been a significant change in Pittsburgh's Hill District over the past three years. As Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy celebrates the third anniversary of The Center for Pharmacy Services, those of you who have been instrumental in the operation of the pharmacy cannot help but reflect on the enduring impact that it has left on the community. Located in the Triangle Shops Complex on Centre Avenue, Your Pharmacy in the Heart of the Hill continues to improve the health outcomes of patients within our communities.

Since the inception of the Pharmacy, more than 104,257 prescriptions have been filled for over 5,000 patients. While the Pharmacy's top services include providing convenient prescription delivery, we are also passionate about the healthcare of the community and the quality of patient care. By providing medication therapy management and health-wellness promotions for patients at the Pharmacy and other locations, Director Terri Kroh, is continually reaching out to the extended community. With the implementation of these new services, the Pharmacy is the center for health and wellness:

• Monthly wellness programs in eight senior high rises and a homeless shelter for veterans;
• Twice monthly pharmacist consultations for disease management and educational sessions provided at the Hill House Senior Center;
• Pharmacist outreach at a woman's homeless shelter, local community events and churches;
• New counseling services focused on safe opioid use and overdose prevention;
• Refill reminders, tobacco cessation classes and vaccination programs for adults;
• Free prescription delivery to the surrounding community.

These outreach efforts are a small portion of the opportunities that the residents of the Hill District have available to wellness and disease management. The Pharmacy also operates as a state licensed establishment, providing screenings for diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, pulmonary function, carbon monoxide and thyroid conditions. The screening options are designed to enhance disease management and risk assessment. More than 4,000 patients have received health screenings during the Pharmacy's first three years.

Additionally, Kroh and her staff have established collaborative relationships with more than 35 partners in the region, allowing social services providers, government agencies and related nonprofit organizations to direct patients to the Pharmacy.

"Understanding the needs of the community is the first step, and building relationships with those individuals is a very important part of the success of offering community pharmacy clinical services," explains Dean J. Douglas Bricker of the Mylan School of Pharmacy. "This is not your typical pharmacy. It demonstrates the value of providing medication therapy management services in a pharmacy setting. Patient counseling is the norm - not the exception - in this community pharmacy."

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Mylan School of Pharmacy