10.34.03.16

.16 Pharmaceutical Care Functions of the Pharmacist.

The pharmacist shall be available as necessary to provide pharmaceutical care to individual patients including, but not limited to:

A. Participating in decisions about medication use for patients including decisions not to use medication therapy as well as judgments about:

(1) Medication selection;

(2) Dosages;

(3) Routes and methods of administration;

(4) Medication therapy monitoring; and

(5) The provision of medication-related information and counseling to individual patients;

B. Cooperating directly with health care professionals and the patient in designing, implementing, and monitoring a therapeutic outcome.

C. Providing care directly to the patient to improve a patientís quality of life through achieving definite and predefined, medication-related therapeutic outcomes such as:

(1) Curing the disease;

(2) Eliminating or reducing a symptomatology;

(3) Arresting or slowing a disease process;

(4) Preventing a disease or symptomatology; and

(5) Improving patientís quality of life.

D. Identifying potential and actual medication-related problems, resolving actual medication-related problems, and preventing potential medication-related problems caused by:

(1) Untreated indications;

(2) Improper drug selection;

(3) Sub-therapeutic dosage;

(4) Failure to received medication;

(5) Over dosage;

(6) Adverse drug reactions;

(7) Drug interactions, including drug-drug, drug-food, drug-laboratory test interactions; and

(8) Medication use without appropriate indication.