ANCHOR LEAD: GETTING PHARMACISTS INVOLVED IN CARE HELPS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Pharmacists assisted by computers can help doctors avoid prescribing risky medications to their older patients, a recent study found. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, describes the study.
BELLANTONI: What they found was that by having a computer system that alerted a pharmacist when a prescription was ordered for an older adult, a high risk medication, that the pharmacist was then triggered to say, oh, please call the prescribing physician to say, do you really want to give this drug to this patient, and it reduced prescriptions for some very high risk medications. :12
Bellantoni says the study adds to previous data that involving computers and all care providers in decision making helps patients, especially older ones.
BELLANTONI: We need systems where multiple providers who work in multiple different settings, all of their information gets fed into a central reporting. :08Bellantoni urges people to access central registries for prescriptions so they can avoid medication errors.†Iím Elizabeth Tracey reporting.