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April 2003

Pharmacist Partners in the Care of Children and Adolescents

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(4):317-318. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.4.317

IN THE PAST 12 or so years, important changes have occurred in the profession of pharmacy that may not have captured notice among practitioners of other medical specialties. The concept of "pharmacist care" (ie, pharmacists accepting responsibility for interventions to improve the outcomes of medication therapy) has been institutionalized in schools of pharmacy; pharmacy organizations; and clinic, hospital, and community pharmacy practice. Thus, the knowledgeable clinical pharmacist whom physicians may have come to know in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units of hospitals may also be found behind the counter of the corner drug store.

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