Pharmacists’ Expanding Health Care Role Featured on a Big Stage


By Kevin Schweers

Stop and take a moment to read “Nation’s pharmacies aren’t just for Rx’s anymore”, because it’s not every day that a media outlet the size of USAToday.com features a detailed account of how the role of community pharmacists is expanding and producing better health outcomes.

ArouchanovaIn the article an independent community pharmacist (and NCPA member) named Diana Arouchanova of CliniCare Pharmacy is profiled by Kaiser Health News, which produces stories like this which are further shared though a syndication agreement with media outlets like USAToday.com.

Diana is a wonderful representative for all community pharmacists. She articulates and exhibits how pharmacists can use their training and expertise to help patients overcome health challenges, in close coordination with primary care physicians. That latter point is driven home effectively by an American Pharmacists Association official in the piece.

One of Diana’s patients attests to the more personal care and attention that she receives from an independent community pharmacy, compared to other options. The story notes how she even pops in regularly to just to chat personally with the pharmacist.

None of this is likely to surprise most independent community pharmacists. But it’s a story worth sharing with their colleagues and patients. Hopefully this is also a signal of greater acknowledgement of the enhanced services of community pharmacists and a precursor to more state and federal laws such as the one recently enacted in California.

1 Response to “Pharmacists’ Expanding Health Care Role Featured on a Big Stage”


  1. 1 marvin37311 February 12, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Now if NCPA & APhA can convince the rest of the country that Pharmacists ARE extensively trained healthcare providers! We have been practicing Intense Behavioral Therapy for obese patients in our pharmacy for over 14 years now. We would like to be able to work alongside of physicians for the benefit of our patients and be able to bill for this service like other healthcare providers!


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