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UCSF School of Pharmacy provides research expertise for new diabetes management program
By UCSF School of Pharmacy Editorial Staff / Thu Jul 15, 2010
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.
About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.