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Pharmacists onsite at Jewish Home’s skilled nursing facility provide immediate care


Director of Pharmacy Robert Shmaeff, BSPharm, MPA/MHSA, and pharmacy resident Kimberly Appleby, PharmD, inspect a medication before it is delivered to a skilled nursing resident.


The Los Angeles Jewish Home has taken an innovative approach to improving patient care by building an onsite pharmacy located within its skilled nursing facility.


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“It’s not unusual for a pharmacy to be located within a hospital, but it is unusual for a full-service pharmacy to be located within a skilled nursing facility,” said Robert Shmaeff, BSPharm, MPA/MHSA, Director of the Pharmacy. 
The skilled nursing facility at the Jewish Home is a 249-bed facility, including 10 beds for patients with acute geriatric psych needs, such as uncontrolled bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and dementia with behavioral disturbances.

Read more in February 's Pharmacy Today.

Remembering the basics
L. Michael Posey, BSPharm, MA

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Today's Perspective

Even as the profession speeds ahead with the provider status initiative, this issue of Pharmacy Today serves as a reminder to keep tending to the basics.
 This effort is evident in the Special OTC Section. Here we present the results of the most recent survey of practicing pharmacists about the nonprescription products they most frequently recommend in 89 product categories.

We all have mental algorithms for these common questions (Is your throat scratchy? Your head hurting? Fever? Cough?), and the answers take us to a logical recommendation with the right ingredients. Patients who come from the OTC aisles with several products in hand and a confused look on their faces are very appreciative of our years of education and experience.


Read more in February's Pharmacy Today.