Guidelines

Overview

Consultant pharmacists are responsible for the provision of pharmaceutical care for the purpose of achieving definite outcomes that improve a patient’s quality of life. Consultant pharmacists practicing in nursing facilities require special knowledge and proficiency concerning the unique patient population, the medication use process, and the nature of the long-term care environment. Consultant pharmacists also possess knowledge and expertise regarding federal and state laws and regulations governing pharmacy services and long-term care; and assist nursing facilities to comply with these regulatory standards.

 

General Qualifications

Consultant Pharmacists
  • Are licensed by the state(s) in which they practice.
  • Are knowledgeable about the legal responsibilities of the consultant pharmacist to the nursing facility and its residents, including all state and federal laws and regulations governing pharmacy services and the operation of nursing facilities.
  • Develop self-learning abilities and habits in order to anticipate, adapt to, and promote changes important to their role in serving the unique needs of special patient populations and nursing facilities.
  • Pursue post-graduate educational and training opportunities, such as residencies, fellowships, clinical traineeships, certificate or certification programs.
Philosophy
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of a wide range of diseases and conditions commonly encountered in nursing facility residents.
  • Participate in the drug therapy decision-making process in nursing facilities.
  • Recommend appropriate drug and non-drug therapies for use in residents based upon the disease or condition under treatment, other medical problems, physiological changes related to the aging or disease process, and residents’ beliefs.
  • Assist physicians, other prescribers, and residents in selecting the appropriate medication, dose, dosage form, formulation, route, method of administration and/or delivery system for medications prescribed for residents.
  • We make sure all of our consultant pharmacists coincide with a regulatory responsibility.
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
  • Consultant pharmacists serving nursing facilities must fulfill these ethical and legal responsibilities:
  • Uphold the covenant with the patient to place the needs of the patient foremost at all times.
  • Practice within the scope of all state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Practice within the scope of the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
  • Establish a written contract for consultant services that is separate and distinct from any agreements referencing the provision of medications. This contract outlines the administrative and clinical functions and responsibilities of the consultant pharmacist and sets forth financial or compensation agreements.