To the Editor.—
The definition of a PharmD degree provided by Chalmers (1982;248:93) was accurate; however, Dr Chalmers did not discuss how a clinical pharmacist's resources can be included with physician services in private practice. We have had six years of experience incorporating clinical pharmacy services in private family practice. As a result of close professional ties within the same office location, the collaboration between pharmacist and physician has been both an aid to patient care and an effective intellectual stimulant.Our experience has shown that pharmacists with advanced training (with a PharmD or Clinical MS degree) or appropriate experience can practice in a cost-effective manner with family physicians.1 For clarity, the term family pharmacist is used to describe a clinical pharmacist who practices with family physicians.2,3The family pharmacists in our two practices provide the following services: drug information to physicians and patients, pharmacokinetic drug-dosing evaluations, drug-interaction
Shearer SW, Sarlin MD, Burns WR. Family Pharmacists. JAMA. 1982;248(19):2450–2451. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330190020016
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