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Pharmacy Clinical Services

BC Medication Management Project

Medication management promotes the safe and effective use of medications, increases patient ownership of their health, and helps patients achieve targeted medication therapy outcomes.

The British Columbia Medication Management Project is a collaboration between the Pharmaceutical Services Division and the BC Pharmacy Association, and is funded by savings generated through the 2008 Interim Agreement.

The purpose of this project is to improve patient care, health outcomes, and sustainability of the health care system by having pharmacists provide medication management to patients in the community setting.

Up to 125 pharmacies and 300 pharmacists were selected to provide care to patients according to a standard medication management service model. The project started in September 2010 and pharmacists will continue to collect data about the care provided until the project ends on January 31, 2012.

Evaluation is an important aspect of the project, since these results will inform decisions about future funding of clinical pharmacy services. Three research questions have been identified:

  1. What is the impact of a standardized medication management service on health service utilization, health outcomes, and patient and practitioner satisfaction?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of a standardized medication management service?
  3. Are the software and systems a good investment?

More information about the BC Medication Management Project is available online at: BC Pharmacy Association website and medsforme.