Pharmacist-Managed Anticoagulation Clinic: Preventing Adverse Drug Events
Pharmacists are well-positioned to prevent anticoagulant-related adverse drug events (ADEs) and improve care coordination for patients utilizing their service. Utilizing electronic medical record (EMR) extrapolation and manually reported intervention data, we were able to equate pharmacist interventions with prevented adverse events. In nine months, the pharmacist prevented over 370 anticoagulant-related ADEs and saved over $750,000. Nearly 40% of patients received a pharmacist intervention. The system realized the benefit of improved care coordination between the hospital and the anticoagulation clinic and patients were more likely to receive timely post-discharge anticoagulation management.