The Impact of Pharmacist Medication Review Services in British Columbia

Project number: 
14-083
Approval date: 
Friday, October 3, 2014
Principal Investigator: 
Law,Mike
Institution: 
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR)
Funding Agency: 
Not Available
Datasets requested: 
PharmaNet
Research objective: 

Our research objectives are two-fold:

First, we will quantify the overall number and type of medication reviews performed
Second, we will examine the impact of the policy on:
- prescription drug utilization
- prescription drug costs
- patient adherence to medication
- frequency of prescriptions dispensed.

We hypothesize that the implantation of the medication review service policy has increased drug utilization and cost, increased patient adherence to medication, and had no impact on the frequency of dispensing.

Publications: 

Journal Publication

  • Ashra Kolhatkar, Lucy Cheng, Fiona K.I. Chan, Mark Harrison, Michael R. Law. (2016) The impact of medication reviews by community pharmacists. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, Volume 56, Issue 5, September–October 2016, Pages 513–520.e1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.japh.2016.05.002

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