By: | May-22-14

<p>A new <a href="">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="">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>