Community pharmacies gain tools to help diabetes patients manage condition

March 28, 2014

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, with its partner PrescribeWellness, is offering community pharmacies new tools to help diabetes patients manage their disease and health, according to an announcement from the APhA annual meeting in Orlando.

The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Foundation, with its partner PrescribeWellness, is offering community pharmacies new tools to help diabetes patients manage their disease and health, according to an announcement from the APhA annual meeting in Orlando.

Using PeakWellness, a patient-engagement technology from PrescribeWellness, and APhA Foundation’s Patient Self-Management Credential (PSMC), community pharmacies can help increase patient engagement, resulting in positive behaviors and better diabetes management outcomes.

The PSMC was recently validated through Project: IMPACT Diabetes, a national diabetes self-management program that included pharmacists, reaching underserved communities at high risk for diabetes.

“Nearly 25 million Americans have diabetes and that number could increase to 50 million by 2025,” said Al Babbington, PrescribeWellness CEO. “Armed with the right technology, community pharmacists can reverse this epidemic, reduce costs of diabetes, and improve health for millions of Americans.”

APhA Foundation Executive Director Mindy Smith, RPh, said the organization is pleased to be able to offer the use of PSMC with PeakWellness to community pharmacists and help patients with diabetes better manage their condition.

“For over a decade, pharmacists participating in our research projects have demonstrated the value of the PSMC in customizing diabetes education to fit the needs of each patient,” Smith said. “We are thrilled to be working with PrescribeWellness to expand the use of the PSMC with their community pharmacy customer base.”