NOVEMBER 01, 2006

Pharmacists now have an educational tool to prepare them to deliver medication therapy management (MTM) services in the community pharmacy setting. The interactive CD-ROM program, titled Medication Therapy Management: Training & Techniques for Providing MTM Services in Community Pharmacy, is designed to assist pharmacists in improving their knowledge and skills in working with patients to resolve medication-therapy issues.

The program follows a process created to enhance care, improve the dialogue among patients and providers, improve coordination of care, and optimize medication use, which can lead to better patient outcomes. Using a video presentation, the program demonstrates the most advantageous communication strategies for interacting with both patients and prescribers, in addition to offering tips on developing a patient and referral base and building an MTM practice. The program follows a pharmacist and a patient through a complete medication review, explains the core elements of MTM services, and demonstrates how to apply them to the patient. The program is accredited for 2.5 hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.

The program is the newest in a series of MTM services developed in a collaboration between the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation and the American Pharmacists Association. The CD-ROM can be ordered at or or by telephone at 800-878-0729; use code D6001.