NEWS: Manage Your Diabetes with Your Pharmacist

September 29, 2011

Manage Your Diabetes with Your Pharmacist

Fight Back Against This Chronic Condition, Get to Know Your Pharmacist and Learn Ways to Better Manage the Disease!


Satellite Interviews Available

STEFANIE P. FERRERI, PHARM.D., CDE, FAPhA, American Pharmacists Association

Associate Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7:00 AM ET – 12 PM ET

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 25 million people (approximately 8% of the U.S. Population) have diabetes and, in 2010 alone, almost 2 million new cases in adults aged 20+ were diagnosed. Those with diabetes have a lot to manage. Food intake, blood glucose levels, changes in the health of skin, eyes, teeth and feet are just a few of the various health issues that diabetes can cause. All of this can be overwhelming to the patient, whether they have been living with the disease for years or are newly diagnosed.

Self-monitoring is the best gauge of how a diabetic patient is feeling and managing their condition from day-to-day. Local pharmacists play an integral role in helping patients manage their diabetes, and the resulting long-term complications, with self-care and healthy behavior coaching, as well as comprehensive reviews of the many medication therapies they may be receiving. To help ensure diabetes patients receive the best care possible, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has developed Pharmaceutical Care for Patients with Diabetes, an innovative and intensive certificate program that focuses on the pharmacist’s role in the area of diabetes management. The program, which emphasizes an approach utilizing a well-integrated, health care team, seeks to foster the utilization of pharmacist interventions to promote better disease state care and self-management.

Studies have shown that involving pharmacist coaches in the care of patients with diabetes leads to more consistent monitoring and screening of blood glucose with better results, increases in preventative care, such as foot exams and flu shots, reductions in sick days and savings of over $1000 per patient per year. Available to discuss how YOUR local pharmacist can be an integral part of your diabetes management routine is Dr. Stefanie Ferreri, with the American Pharmacists Association.

Station Note: The funding sponsor of this segment is the American Pharmacists Association

Suggested Interview Questions:

  • ·         Why is your pharmacist a great resource in diabetes management?
  • ·         What kind of specialized training does a pharmacist receive to help with managing a patient’s diabetes?
  • ·         What questions SHOULD diabetic patients be asking their pharmacists?
  • ·         What other services are available from pharmacists that people are not taking advantage of?


Dr. Stefanie Ferreri is a clinical associate professor in the Division of Pharmacy Practice and Experiential Education at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests include diabetes, nonprescription medication therapy, immunizations, medication therapy management, and advancing clinical practice in the community pharmacy setting. In addition to her role as academic professor, she also serves as director of the school’s community pharmacy residency program and she practices in a community pharmacy educating patients about medications and about conditions such as diabetes. She is active in her state association, the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.  She is also an active member in the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management.  She is an associate editor for the Handbook of Nonprescription Drugs. Dr. Ferreri received a bachelor of science in pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut and a doctor of pharmacy from Campbell University. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, CT, and a community pharmacy residency with Campbell University and Ward Drug in Nashville, NC.

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