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Preparing Pharmacists for a Growing Health Issue

Published on 31 May 2016

John M. Burke, Pharm.D., BCPS, professor of pharmacy practice and associate dean of postgraduate education at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, recently contributed two chapters to the new guidebook Nephrology Pharmacotherapy: A Pharmacist’s Guide to Advanced Kidney Disease and Medication Management. The chapters focus on the anatomical and physiological processes of the kidneys.

The guidebook will provide pharmacists with a resource to deepen their understanding of the kidneys and how to best manage patients with kidney disease. This is a timely issue, as an increasing number of patients are experiencing kidney problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in ten American adults has some level of chronic kidney disease (CKD). That’s more than 20 million patients.

“Pharmacists, as part of the health care team with physicians, nurses and others, are now managing more patients with kidney issues,” Burke said. “As the medication expert on the team, pharmacists need to understand not only how to treat CKD and its complications, but how medications the patient is taking for other diseases or conditions will affect the kidneys.”

The guidebook was published in 2016 as part of an educational partnership between the National Kidney Foundation, FreseniusRx and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

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