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NAMI/CPNPF Survey Finds 75 Percent of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions and their Caregivers Don't Receive Medication Monitoring from Pharmacists
Date:12/13/2012

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately 75 percent of individuals living with mental illness and their caregivers seldom or never receive safety or effectiveness monitoring assistance from community pharmacists according to a survey conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in conjunction with the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists Foundation (CPNPF).

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The greatest obstacle cited by 58 percent of survey respondents is the lack of private space in retail pharmacies to discuss medication issues, including side effects and drug interactions. Although 91 percent are very comfortable going to community pharmacies and 83 percent feel respected by their pharmacist, 43 percent nonetheless feel that they do not have a strong professional relationship with their pharmacist.

The result is that people come to view pharmacists as disinterested in their actual care—although the perception is not so much the fault of  pharmacists as their not having sufficient time for questions or discussion. "Individuals primarily receive their medication at the cash register with little or no interaction with their pharmacist," the report notes.

The survey report is titled "Characterizing the Relationship Between Individuals with Mental Conditions and Community Pharmacists" and is available at http://cpnpfoundation.org/pharmacists and www.nami.org/pharmacists.

"The survey suggests areas for action to strengthen to role of community pharmacists as part of treatment teams for mental health problems as well as o
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