UCSF School of Pharmacy provides research expertise for new diabetes management program

The launch of a new community pharmacy-based diabetes medication management pilot program for select members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) was announced by CalPERS on July 15, 2010. The one-year Pharmacist Care for Diabetes program is based upon successful research results by the UCSF School of Pharmacy in other settings where patients with diabetes benefited from regular consultations with their community pharmacists.

This new program aims, as well, to better control type 2 diabetes and is a joint effort among CalPERS, Raley’s grocery store pharmacies, UCSF, and Blue Shield of California, which will recruit study participants from among eligible CalPERS members covered by Blue Shield. Raley’s will provide specially trained pharmacists at its various sites who will counsel patients. UCSF will provide ongoing clinical training and analysis of the pilot program results through the Center for Self Care in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy under the leadership of the center’s Executive Director R. William Soller, PhD, and Associate Director Eleanor Vogt, RPh, PhD.

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CalPERS, Blue Shield, Raley’s and UCSF begin joint diabetes management pilot program: Pharmacists to help members control condition

About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.