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Accountability: The New Expectation for Pharmacy

Published Online: Friday, April 29, 2011
I made a presentation recently in which I proposed that accountability will be the NEW expectation for all health care providers. The majority of my pharmacist audience agreed that this was true. The natural question then is what should pharmacists be accountable for?

The Joint Commission on Pharmacy Practitioners has proposed that by the year 2015, “Pharmacists will be the health care professionals responsible for providing patient care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes.” Do you think in a reformed health care system that dispensing pharmacists will be held accountable for the outcomes of the drug products they dispense?

If not, will some pharmacists take over that role and will other pharmacists be accountable only for accurate medication dispensing? What do you think will happen to pharmacist roles in a reformed health care system? These are questions that require scrutiny if we are to move the profession of pharmacy forward!
Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times
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This blog focuses on what our Editor-in-Chief sees as the future of pharmacy.
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Fred Eckel, RPh, MS, is the Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times, a position he has held since 2002. Mr. Eckel is a professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

In this blog, Eckel will provide commentary on relevant issues impacting pharmacists and pharmacy professionals, including the merging of pharmacy benefit managers, the implications of health care reform, the conversion of major drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, trends in pharmacy careers, and opioid abuse. He will also discuss legislative issues that impact pharmacists, and comment on the evolving role of the pharmacist.
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