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Pharmacists’ Interventions: Telephone Contact Effective

KEY POINT

Weekly contact by pharmacists for 12 weeks improves patients’ short- and long-term adherence to lipidlowering therapies and their lipid profiles for up to 2 years. However, given the major lifestyle changes encouraged after major cardiac surgery, the effects of pharmacists’ interventions may not be evident during early intervention periods.

SOURCES

Faulkner MA et al. Impact of pharmacy counseling on compliance and effectiveness of combination lipid-lowering therapy in patients undergoing coronary artery revascularization: a randomized, controlled trial. Pharmacotherapy. 2000;20:410–6.