Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

sections

Pharmacist prescribing

Pharmacist prescribers improve blood pressure in hypertensive patients

There is growing recognition that community pharmacists are well-placed to help manage patients with hypertension. In the image, a pharmacist takes an elderly woman's blood pressure

Source: Photononstop / Alamy

Patients were more likely to achieve their target blood pressure if their care was managed by pharmacists

There is growing recognition that community pharmacists are well-placed to help manage patients with hypertension. Support for this approach comes from the Alberta Clinical Trial in Optimizing Hypertension (RxACTION), a randomised controlled trial involving 248 adults with above-target blood pressure (BP).

Results published in Circulation[1] (online, 10 June 2015) reveal that patients whose BP was managed by a community pharmacist had an average 18.3mmHg reduction in systolic BP over the six-month study period, versus 11.8mmHg in patients who received usual care (P=0.0006). Pharmacist-managed patients were also twice as likely to achieve their target BP as control patients.

“Policymakers should consider an expanded role for pharmacists, including prescribing, to address the burden of hypertension,” the investigators conclude. 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068758

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Sport and Exercise Medicine for Pharmacists

    Sport and Exercise Medicine for Pharmacists

    All the information you need to provide patients with evidence-based advice on sports and exercise related health matters.

    £27.00Buy now
  • Introduction to Renal Therapeutics

    Introduction to Renal Therapeutics

    Introduction to Renal Therapeutics covers all aspects of drug use in renal failure. Shows the role of the pharmacist in patient care for chronic kidney disease.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver assists practitioners in making pragmatic choices for their patients. It enables you to assess liver function and covers the principles of drug use in liver disease.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Hospital Pre-registration Pharmacist Training

    Hospital Pre-registration Pharmacist Training

    A practical explanation for undergraduates and pre-registration trainees. Shows what to expect from a hospital pre-registration pharmacist training programme.

    £25.00Buy now
  • Developing Your Prescribing Skills

    Developing Your Prescribing Skills

    Developing Your Prescribing Skills uses case studies, mind maps and feedback from experienced prescribers. It supplies practical advice on the issues facing prescribers in all types of practice.

    £23.00Buy now
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Jobs you might like

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.