Flip the Pharmacy Program off to an Amazing Start
from Randy McDonough
As we enter the end of the year, we should take time to reflect on our accomplishments. To see an idea, that was discussed at a Community Pharmacy Foundation board meeting last February, come to fruition as a nationwide community-based pharmacy practice transformation program called Flip the Pharmacy is truly amazing. It is even more amazing to see the pharmacists and staff, in over 500 pharmacies nationwide, dedicating their time and efforts to transforming their practices. Then we see so many stakeholders who are working collaboratively with these pharmacies to ensure success
—it is a movement that I have not experienced in my 30-plus years as a pharmacist. It is exciting, it is inspirational, and it is AMAZING!
It is the data that tells the story. From the most recent reports shared with me (see below), it is quite apparent that the practice transformation efforts are working. We have always said that community pharmacist are having an impact on patient care, but we did not have the documentation—especially from the aggregate—that this was actually happening.
Now that pharmacists are documenting their patient care activities and submitting their e-care plans—we have a story to tell and it is a compelling story.
Community-based pharmacists have access to patients and are capable of providing enhanced services. There is a lot more data and positive impact coming through Flip the Pharmacy and I look forward to sharing the data and telling the world our compelling story!