Clinical pharmacy in Israel versus the US, can we "compare apples to apples"?—commentary

Eyal Schwartzberg, Eli Marom

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Abstract

Clinical pharmacy is an umbrella of pharmaceutical services that is practiced by clinical pharmacists. Clinical pharmacists improve the quality of drug therapy, minimize the risk for drug related problems, reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality associated with polypharmacy and decrease the overall healthcare expenditure. Consequently, clinical pharmacy is focused on both the needs of the individual patient, as well as of the healthcare system. Clinical pharmacy is now well-established and practiced worldwide and in the last two decades has been implemented successfully in Israel. This commentary maintains that the comparison of clinical pharmacy practice in Israel and in the United States, published by AJ Rose et al., has several limitations that need to be considered when devising a road map that will fit the Israeli health care system and its environment. Emphasis should be placed on the implementation of automation and robotics, promulgating regulations to allow for integration of pharmacy technicians, and allocating funds for such services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number72
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Comparison
  • Healthcare systems
  • Israel
  • US

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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