Pharmacists Can Help Patients as Signs of Normalcy Return

Drug Topics Journal, Drug Topics June 2021, Volume 165, Issue 6

Although COVID-19 remains a real threat, it seems we are now progressing toward a return to normalcy thanks to the widespread availability of vaccines and tireless efforts of our health care workers.

As the country continues to reopen, vaccinated Americans are gearing up to resume normal summertime activities, such as vacations and outdoor gatherings. Because June signals the beginning of summer—bringing warmer weather—Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh, discusses in this issue how pharmacists can counsel patients with certain autoimmune conditions during summer months on ways to reduce symptom flares associated with rising temperatures.

June is also LGBTQ Pride Month, so we are examining the stark health disparities affecting LGBTQ+ individuals and how pharmacists can provide more inclusive care and services. In addition to being the medication experts, pharmacists are often the most frequent touchpoints a patient has with the health care system. Our special report focuses on how pharmacists can best support LGBTQ+ patients and create a more inclusive environment in the pharmacy.

In this issue, we also recognize National Headache and Migraine Awareness Month by highlighting how pharmacists can assist patients in prevention, treatment, and medication management. This month, you’ll find an overview of the various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies available for migraine

You can also visit our Total Pharmacy® section for articles on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance and how to set your medication management services up for success.

Thank you for reading.

Mike Hennessy

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