Making pharmacogenetic testing a reality in a community pharmacy.
OBJECTIVE: To provide information for community pharmacies considering implementation of a pharmacogenetic testing service. SETTING: A single community pharmacy from a regional chain. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Community pharmacists at the study site routinely provide pharmacy services including medication therapy management, immunizations, point-of-care testing, blood pressure monitoring, and diabetes education. The pharmacy is a training site for post-graduate year 1 and 2 community-pharmacy residents and for introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experience students. PRACTICE INNOVATION: Implementation of a pharmacogenetics testing service in a community pharmacy. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Feasibility of offering a pharmacogenetics testing service in a community pharmacy. RESULTS: Study investigators identified several internal and external barriers to the community pharmacy when initiating a pharmacogenetics service. This article shares experiences of the study team and solutions to the identified barriers. CONCLUSION: Community pharmacies interested in providing pharmacogenetic testing can overcome barriers by identifying practice partners and planning appropriately.
O'Connor, SK; Ferreri, SP; Michaels, NM; Chater, RW; Viera, AJ; Faruki, H; McLeod, HL; Roederer, M
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