Patient Education and Treatment Strategies Implemented at a Pharmacist-Managed Hepatitis C Virus Clinic

Bonnie Kolor, Pharm.D.

Disclosures

Pharmacotherapy. 2005;25(9):1230-1241. 

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Conclusion

More than 50% of patients with HCV infection achieve a sustained viral response when treated with peginterferon alfa-ribavirin combination therapy. The 2002 National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement concerning management of hepatitis C identifies all patients with HCV infection as potential candidates for treatment with combination therapy. Evaluation by a physician experienced in the use of combination therapy is recommended for all patients with HCV infection. However, successful treatment of these patients is facilitated by involvement of a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals, including the clinical pharmacist. Team members are skilled in areas such as patient education, administration of combination therapy, and monitoring and management of treatment-associated adverse events. Interventions carried out by pharmacists at HCV clinics provide critical support for patients with HCV while they adhere to combination therapy, thereby increasing their chances for a successful treatment outcome.

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