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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 192-198

The role of the pharmacist in the management of kidney transplant recipients


1 Department of Pharmacy Services, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA, India
2 Department of Pharmacy Services, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR 97239; Department of Pharmacy Services, College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

Correspondence Address:
Joshua J Wiegel
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Mail Code CR 9-4, Portland, OR 97239
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.185108

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Pharmacists may play a key role on the multidisciplinary transplant team. This article describes the development and current status of pharmacists in the management of transplant recipients in the United States. Traditionally, pharmacists played an important support role in transplant medicine. This role has been expanded to include direct patient care for the avoidance, detection, and/or treatment of side effects from the polypharmacy necessary in the management of these complex patients. Pharmacists provide pre- and post-transplant education to transplant recipients to enhance adherence to complicated medical regimens and thereby reduce readmission to hospital and unscheduled, costly visits to urgent care centers and/or hospital emergency departments.


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