It’s National Pharmacy Week! – Michigan medical credentials


The third full week of October is celebrated annually as National Pharmacy Week – giving the organization a chance to celebrate all the work that pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others who support the safe use of drugs do at Michigan Medicine.

From providing medication and on-going care, to preparing and dispensing new therapies and storing essential medications, members of the pharmacy team have helped provide exceptional patient care amid the challenges posed. by COVID-19.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can be found in all areas of UM health, from hospitals and outpatient clinics to infusion centers and community pharmacies. In performing their various roles, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can be seen at the bedside or in a pharmacy.

Here’s a quick look at some of the work this team has done over the past year:

  • The pharmacy has provided direct patient care in dozens of clinical specialties including medicine, surgery, cardiology, pediatrics, oncology, drug use, primary care, diabetes, drug safety , infectious diseases, care transitions, pain management and palliative care.
  • Management of patients who test positive for COVID-19 with new therapies, including infusions of monoclonal antibodies.
  • Implementation of many new clinical guidelines and medication protocols, including dosage adjustments for patients with kidney disease and contemporary approaches to vancomycin dosing and monitoring.
  • Anticoagulation education and care discharge transitions to over 2,500 patients.
  • Pharmacists monitored and adjusted pharmacokinetic and anticoagulant doses more than 350 times a day or more than 127,000 times a year.
  • Training of pharmacy residents in 17 clinical programs and support for a leadership scholarship.
  • Implementation of Epic Dispense Prep and Dispense Tracking which uses barcode scanning in the medication dispensing process for greater safety and accuracy.
  • Obtaining sterile preparation certification by the Joint Commission on 18 sites.
  • The central pharmacy has helped distribute more than 135,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Implementation of BD IV Prep for standardization and safety of sterile preparations using barcode reading and gravimetric measurements.
  • Adult operating rooms and CVC teams have helped overcome multiple national drug shortages.
  • Collectively, members of the pharmacy team have authored over 100 publications.
  • The C&W Pharmacy has distributed over 1.2 million doses of medication.
  • Outpatient pharmacies filled nearly 267,000 prescriptions.
  • The EAA Surgery Center has set up a new operating room pharmacy.
  • The specialty pharmacy served nearly 6,000 patients.
  • The emergency department pharmacy team completed 2,645 admission medication history.
  • Pharmacy care transitions have filed more than 2,500 appeals on behalf of patients.
  • The pain management and palliative care teams have grown to support the new addiction counseling team.
  • The ministry launched a technical pharmacy training program to train new technicians.
  • The pharmacies of the EAA Surgery Center have successfully passed a DEA audit.

Please wish your amazing fellow pharmacists a Happy Pharmacy Week!

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