Hayes, Inc. Salutes Pharmacists and Their Vital Role in Improving Patient Outcomes

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Pharmacists can lead evidence-based initiatives.

In recognition of National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, October 17-23, 2010, Hayes, Inc. would like to acknowledge the many new and important roles that pharmacists now play in patient care. In contemporary health care, pharmacists have moved beyond compounding and dispensing medications to become vital members of multidisciplinary patient-care teams.

“Many consumers are unaware that pharmacists play a critical role in preventing medication errors, advising prescribers on the best drug choices, and working directly with patients to ensure they understand how to use their medications safely and effectively,” explains Dr. Wini Hayes, President and CEO of Hayes, Inc.

New drugs entering the market may not offer an advantage in terms of cost or outcomes compared with existing medications. In today’s changing health care environment, hospital and health-system pharmacists can lead evidence-based initiatives, such as the use of comparative-effectiveness reviews, to determine which medications are both cost effective and result in the best patient outcomes.

“Such drug comparisons are necessary to ensure appropriate utilization and control costs, especially in light of the recent health care reform legislation,” says Dr. Hayes.

Hayes, Inc. is dedicated to promoting better health outcomes through the use of evidence. Hayes performs unbiased, evidence-based health technology assessments of the safety and efficacy of new, emerging, and controversial health technologies and evaluates the impact of these technologies on health care quality, utilization, and cost. Hayes' worldwide clients include hospitals, health care systems, government agencies, employers, and managed care organizations.

For more information about Hayes, Inc. and its products and services, visit http://www.hayesinc.com. Or, contact Hayes, Inc. by mail at 157 S. Broad Street, Lansdale, PA 19446; by telephone at 215.855.0615; by e-mail at kmatthias@hayesinc.com; or by fax at 215.855.5218.

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