Hepatitis C clinic shows future of pharmacy

The Hepatitis C Clinic at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center can significantly improve medication adherence, according to Jennifer Fix, PharmD, associate professor of pharmacotherapy. That is because the person managing every patient's care at the clinic, in collaboration with the health care team, is a pharmacist.

The Hepatitis C Clinic at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center can significantly improve medication adherence, according to Jennifer Fix, PharmD, associate professor of pharmacotherapy. That is because the person managing every patient's care at the clinic, in collaboration with the health care team, is a pharmacist. Having a pharmacist-led hepatitis C service in the UNT Health Clinical Practice Group is groundbreaking, said Charles Taylor, dean, UNT System College of Pharmacy. The program integrates the pharmacist into the health care team, he said. Fix is one of six pharmacy faculty members embedded in a UNT Health medical practice. She works with doctors in the gastroenterology clinic to assess patients, make treatment decisions, navigate insurance and the prior authorization system, order lab work, and follows each patient's progress. "The health care outcome we are aiming for is that our hepatitis C patients are cured by taking the medications prescribed," Fix said. "Most of the time they just need some encouragement that they can get through the 8 to 12 weeks of treatment."