<p>A new <a href="http://japha.org/article.aspx?articleid=1872495">study</a> published in the <em>Journal of the American Pharmacists Association</em> shows that a pharmacist-led weight loss program for obese patients yielded positive results. The study, led by the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale, was funded through an NACDS Foundation Community PREP <a href="https://www.nacds.org/Home/TabId/107/PostId/110/nacds-foundation-releases-application-for-next-round-of-grants-in-community-pharmacy-residency-expansion-project.aspx">grant</a>. </p>
<p>The six-month program evaluated the pharmacist-led weight loss initiative, which was based on Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid requirements for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity. All the patients lost weight by the end of the program, with a mean weight loss of about 10 pounds. The report concluded that pharmacists are accessible healthcare providers who can effectively provide weight loss counseling in a community pharmacy setting, using CMS guidelines.</p>
<p>The NACDS Foundation Community PREP educational grant program, established in 2010, is designed to expand post-graduate community pharmacy residency opportunities for recent pharmacy school graduates.</p>