Medication Management

Medication Therapy Management is now offered by Dr. George Angelopoulos at Island Rheumatology and Osteoporosis, P.C

Proper medication therapy management plays a crucial role in ensuring safe and effective use of medicines, and Dr. George, a Doctor of Pharmacy  is an expert in the field of all medications, specifically in auto-immune diseases and pain management. Dr. George is a highly trained healthcare professional with multiple advanced degrees who specializes in medication therapy management, including immunizations and chronic pain management.  Dr. George works closely with patients, healthcare providers, and other healthcare professionals to optimize medication use.

Medication therapy management involves a wide range of activities performed by Dr. George to ensure that medications are used appropriately, effectively and safely. Here are some key aspects of medication therapy management:

  1. Medication Review: Dr. George conducts a  comprehensive medication review to assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of a patient’s current medication regimen. He will evaluate if the medications are achieving the desired therapeutic outcomes and identify any potential drug interactions, side effects, or duplication.
  1. Medication Reconciliation: Dr. George will reconcile medication lists across various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. They ensure that accurate and up-to-date medication information is available to all healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care, thereby reducing the risk of medication errors.
  1. Patient Education: Dr. George provides valuable education to patients about their medications. He will explain the purpose of each medication, how to use it appropriately, potential side effects, and any necessary precautions. Dr. George also will answer any questions on adherence and understanding.
  1. Medication Adherence Support: Dr. George plays a crucial role in promoting medication adherence. He helps patients understand the importance of taking medications as prescribed and provides strategies to overcome barriers to adherence, such as forgetfulness or cost. Dr. George may also recommend medication adherence aids, such as pill organizers or reminder apps, to help patients stay on track with their medications.
  1. Medication Monitoring: Dr. George monitors patients’ responses to medications and provides ongoing support throughout the course of therapy. He may recommend to the medical team laboratory tests to assess the effectiveness and safety of certain medications and make appropriate adjustments if necessary. Dr. George also monitors for any adverse drug reactions or drug interactions, intervening promptly to resolve any issues.
  1. Collaborating with Healthcare Providers: Dr. George works collaboratively with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to optimize medication therapy. They actively participate in healthcare teams, offering their expertise to ensure the safe and effective use of medications. Dr. George may recommend medication adjustments, provide drug information, or offer alternative therapies when appropriate.
  1. Specialized Medication Services: Dr. George may offer specialized medication services for specific populations or conditions. For example, Dr. George may provide medication management for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes or hypertension. They can help monitor blood glucose levels, adjust dosages, and provide education on disease management. Additionally, Dr. George may offer medication management services for older adults, helping them navigate complex medication regimens and avoid potential drug interactions.

In conclusion, medication management by Dr. George is a critical component of patient care from all medical providers that the patient uses. Through medication review, reconciliation, patient education, adherence support, monitoring, collaboration with healthcare providers, and specialized services, Dr. George optimizes medication therapy to ensure safe and effective use of all medications. Their expertise and guidance play a key role in improving patients’ health outcomes and fostering medication safety.