This clinic has a pharmacist on staff to discuss medication issues with patients. And, that pharmacist calls all new patients to review ongoing medications, record them in the medical record and make recommendations that the new doctor will review at the upcoming visit. Recommendations like problems with drug interactions, newly available generics, less expensive alternatives and contraindications.
That same pharmacist arranges refills and responds to drug questions on the clinic Internet Portal.
What a great service. Discussion of medications by physicians is usually too brief. And, any input from the pharmacist is usually after the fact so physicians are not too happy to call the patient and admit a problem with prescriptions they just wrote.
Sometimes great ideas just need a SHOUT-OUT. This idea is super — an actual partnership between a prescriber and a pharmacist.