Pharmaceuticals & Public Policy

The widespread use and dependency on drugs and drug products in today's society, coupled with an increased utilization and application of pharmaceutical services, has created a need for individuals who can study the social, psychosocial, political, legal, historic and economic factors that impinge upon the use, non-use and abuse of drugs.A number of critical factors shaping the health policies in the United States and around the world emphasize the need for increased research concerning the role of pharmaceuticals and the pharmacy practitioner in new and old systems of health care.

Integrating Medication Therapy Management (MTM) Services

Brian Isetts has been a leading national expert in evaluating the impact of medication therapy management (MTM) services publishing his findings in JAMA-Internal MedicineMedical Care, Pharmacotherapy and elsewhere.   One example of Brian’s innovative research was conducted through funding of the Community Pharmacy Foundation studying the impact of MTM services provided by community pharmacists in a community-based accountable care organization (ACO).  Key findings of this research focus on facilitating pharmacist integration in community-based health teams including Direct Secure Messaging with prescribers, access to electronic health records, coordination of care, and shared savings within value-based financial agreements.