Is there a pharmacist in the house?

Pharmacists’ expertise can help make the most of your drug plan dollars, and identify health issues in a workforce
By Christine Than
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/22/2005

The role of pharmacists in managing drug benefit plans has evolved in the last 10 years — albeit slowly. Formerly a drug data record-keeper, the pharmacist now plays an important role in ensuring appropriate drug spending, controlling drug costs as much as possible and, more importantly, using claims data to better understand workplace health issues.

Interpreting claims data, a unique skill of pharmacists, can help develop health strategies to reduce future use of drugs.

Many pharmacists find it curious that certain drug benefit plan sponsors use external advisors who have no access to a consulting pharmacist.